Needs Dust!

Surface preparation, removal and finishing operations
generate dust. As the one-stop-shop for surface
preparation projects from 5m2 to 50,000m2, there’s no
dust on us here at The Preparation Group when it comes
to dust extraction.

Our machines, equipment and professional teams tackle
projects in factories, warehouses, power plants and
more industrial facilities; and as such we are acutely
aware of and vigilant about the hazardous, and
potentially toxic, risks of dust.

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Revamped Mapei World London City Specification Centre reopens in Clerkenwell

Mapei has re-opened its Specification Centre – Mapei World London City – following a full refurbishment. The dedicated specification space, at 6 Great Sutton Street in the heart of Clerkenwell, showcases Mapei’s extensive range of products and systems for all stages of construction. The striking new space features a new ‘zoned’ interior design, new product installations and displays by the Mailen Design team and Contractors, Heydon & Carr.

Mapei’s newly refurbished centre flows through three zones: Welcome – a social and inspirational area; Learning – featuring finished product displays and CPD space and Technical – which includes larger meeting spaces and technical support resources.  The contemporary white design is punctuated with colourful furniture and gallery-style sample displays; key finished products feature throughout application and display areas, from the bespoke Ultratop Loft micro-cement flooring to an eye-catching grout installation which features the latest shades in the new range. Wall coating and cementitious flooring samples are displayed in a wide colour spectrum and the technical area features a range of construction samples for systems ‘beneath the surface’.

Mapei specialists are available to provide product advice, samples and recommend the best solutions for all project sectors, helping solve challenges at every stage of construction – from foundation to roof.

Many of Mapei’s 23 individual product lines are represented at Mapei World London City. They include systems for the installation of ceramic and stone tiles, products for the installation of resilient, textile and wood flooring, cementitious and resin flooring, protective and decorative wall coatings, products for masonry repair, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation, waterproofing, roofing, marine, structural strengthening and concrete repair – and many more niche offers including admixtures for concrete, tunnelling and grinding aids.  Celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year, Mapei is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical products for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructural works worldwide. For more information, please contact: or find more about the Specification Centre here.


During 2022, Husqvarna Construction will launch its new range
of versatile H-class dust extractors. Created to complement
working with grinders, power cutters, drill motors and other
light construction equipment, the five dust extractors in the
range include two battery driven models and are designed
to contribute to a healthier working environment while
increasing productivity.

For further details click here

Instarmac honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2022

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the country, with hundreds of businesses applying each year in the hope of receiving this coveted accolade.

World-class Staffordshire based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, are honoured to receive the highly esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 – an award only given to businesses with outstanding overseas trading activities.

On this prestigious honour, Tim Boniface, Group Finance Director at Instarmac, commented: “Everyone at Instarmac is delighted to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – even more so to receive it in the same year of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We are very proud of our international partners and our history trading across the globe. We have been working with our manufacturing licensees for many years and are full of pride to see their success in making the world’s roads as safe as possible.

I am beyond excited to represent Instarmac at a Royal reception later this year and to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire to our world-class manufacturing facilities in Tamworth.”

A specialist in the manufacture of cement and bitumen based products, Instarmac Group plc have been working with their global partners since 1998 and during that time, their International presence has gone from strength to strength.

Global Export Manager for Instarmac, Angus Longward, commented: “It has been a great honour building our network of global licensing partners. We have a fantastic relationship with every business and support them in every way we can. I look forward to welcoming more manufacturing partners to our global family in the future.”

On their partnership, Mr Tanaka, President of Shinreki, Japanese Licensee, said: “We have recently celebrated our 33 year partnership with Instarmac. During that time we have built a very successful business and are now the number one supplier of Instant Road Repair in Japan.”

Jörg Reick, Proprietor of Instamak, German Licensee, commented: “Our business has grown over the last 25 years and we have become a market-leader in Germany and surrounding countries.”

Matthew Kinson, VP Business Development, Da-Lee Pavement Products, Canadian Licensee, said: “We only started manufacturing Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® 3 years ago and we are already turning over $1 million and building a strong reputation in Canada and the USA.”

Industry-leading resin supplier unveils a new product

Huddersfield-based and award-winning material specialists The Resin Mill is delighted to launch a brand new product that will transform the installation of outdoor resin surfaces.

The first of its kind on the market, Resin Rox consists of dry premixed and bagged aggregates.

The product comes in 24 different colour blends and ensures the perfect shade every time with every bag, making jobs easier and quicker for resin installers.

They will no longer have to spend time finding four different colour and size stone bags to mix to achieve the desired shade for their customer’s driveway, path or patio.

Scott Haley, operations director at The Resin Mill, said: “We are excited to launch Resin Rox, which will not only simplify the resin installation process for contractors up and down the country but also improve the resin bound surface industry as a whole.

“The idea of premixed aggregates was born after we noticed the gap in the market. We found the mixing of dry aggregates on-site as potentially an area for error and time consuming, leaving excessive waste and taking up unnecessary labour time.”

The product was two years in the making and has gone through rigorous testing processes. It offers carefully sourced materials that are of the highest standard.

Mixing ratios used for Resin Rox are more accurate than labour intensive mixing bags on-site, that is why installers can expect quality materials in every bag.

Thanks to The Resin Mill’s efficient premixing methods, any waste aggregate is eliminated, making Resin Rox environmentally friendly. It also makes resin projects more cost-effective as well as reduces the number of resources, energy loss and any aggregate bulk waste.

For more information about Resin Rox and other resin bound and bonded products, please visit or call 01484 400 855.

KÖSTER Flooring Systems – Approved Applicator Training

KÖSTER Flooring Systems are running an approved applicator training course on 13th and 14th April.

Day 1 covers the full VAP vapour control system for industrial and commercial applications, including shot blasting, screeds, and heavy-duty finishes.

Day 2 – Covers our Koster VAPLite and Universal Floor systems – aimed at residential basements and smaller floor areas where shot blasting may not be practical.

Successful completion of this course will result in the participant receiving a Koster approved applicator certificate and I.D. card. listing the products covered. (Those attending only day 2, will be approved for VAPlite and Universal Floor applications).

For further details and booking form click here

Flowcrete launches game-changing new Flowcrete Mondeco formulation

Flowcrete has transformed its Mondeco seamless terrazzo flooring, developing a high-performance formulation to give architects and specifiers long-lasting beauty underfoot.

Used the world over for floors that combine quality, beauty and performance, the new collection incorporates elements of the most specified designs in Flowcrete Mondeco’s 40 year history.

The new formulation offers superior UV stability, the option of larger aggregates for extra visual impact, and a choice of 12mm and 9mm options, as well as a more economical 6-7mm version.

With a focus on exclusivity and easy specification, the new range is centred around eight collections, which together offer 32 design options, using a variety of aggregates encapsulated in a choice of four RAL coloured resins.

In-keeping with the classic origins of terrazzo, the eight collections are inspired by Italian names that reflect the unique individual qualities of each aggregate and resin mix. These include Moderno, (modern look) featuring a new, contemporary style based on a darker aggregate, Scintilla (mirror) which features mirrored glass, and Solare (radiant) a stunning design featuring on-trend yellow and orange stones.

The new UV stability formulation also enables a stunning finish to be achieved with the whiter designs in the existing range, Mondeco Arctic, which sees a new design addition, with a much whiter marble, named ‘Snow’, completing a choice of three white shades in the collection.

Developed to stylishly stand the test of time, Flowcrete Mondeco offers exceptional strength and impact resistance, combined with low maintenance requirements. It also brings solid sustainability credentials, primarily due to the longevity of the finish, which can last the lifetime of a building.

It also has a low VOC formulation and depending on the design, up to 60 per cent of Flowcrete Mondeco’s composition can also be drawn from recycled clear, coloured mirror glass chippings.

Michelle Mendes, Flowcrete Market Manager, said: “With a rich variety of colourful and decorative aggregates, seamless terrazzo is the ideal choice to transform a simple entryway or corridor into a space of power and elegance.

“Mondeco can be installed in a variety of complicated patterns and precision cut forms using brass or aluminium trims, which are laid on the surface of the floor in a matrix that designates each area of the design.

“It is so adaptable, it can be pre-cast in different moulds and shapes to create stair treads and risers, allowing for a seamless transition between the floor and wall.”

“We’ve set out to launch an enhanced seamless terrazzo flooring offer, which has been simplified in terms of the specification experience and delivers new advances in creativity and performance.

“The launch represents years of research and development, to make this stunning floor finish better than ever. It’s also much easier to install, making sure the contractor can keep to tight deadlines and work better with other trades on site.”

The new Flowcrete Mondeco range is the ideal choice for a wide variety of locations with very high footfall, from shopping centres to stadiums, in fact anywhere that needs a high performance, attractive finish with reinforced UV resistance and colour stability over time.

It joins other systems in the Mondeco portfolio, completing a total of 12 collections to choose from, including a fast-curing version, Mondeco Rapide, and an electrostatic terrazzo option, Mondeco ESD TZ. It also offers a version with silver ion-based anti-microbial technology for the ultimate in hygiene performance, which is popular in operating theatres and pharma.

As well as exceptional products, as a Construction Products Group (CPG) UK company, Flowcrete customers also have access to enhanced resources, including technical support from industry experts.

Full training, including RIBA Approved CPDs currently delivered virtually, application training (both practical and theory) and on-site support such as surveys, complete the service package. In line with the new Mondeco launch, Flowcrete has introduced a new RIBA approved CPD seminar, ‘Specifying Seamless Resin Terrazzo.

Other construction product brands under the CPG (UK) banner include TREMCO, illbruck, Dryvit, Nudura, and Nullifire.

Offering fire protection, as well as sealing, bonding, insulation, waterproofing and roofing solutions, as well as flooring, the high-performance building materials’ brands protect and weatherproof the entire building envelope, while also providing a single source of contact for specifiers.

Michelle Mendes added: “Our full system approach represents a unique offer to the specification sector and is something that the marketplace has not seen before.

“It means architects, developers and other specifiers can create stunning floors that create a wow-factor while also blending in with any environment, and mixing with other materials such as wood, carpets, soft furnishings.

To find out more about Flowcrete’s luxurious Mondeco terrazzo range visit the website at or contact flooringuk@cpg-europe to order a sample 01942 251400

Sherwin-Williams launches new fast-curing screed system for heavy traffic areas

Sherwin-Williams, a leading global coatings manufacturer, has launched a new fast-curing cementitious floor levelling screed system for areas undergoing heavy traffic.

Sher-Crete® SLX and Sher-Crete® BU products provide underlay and floor screeds with thicknesses up to 50mm in a single application, making them suitable for any areas where an underlay or floor levelling screed is required including warehouses, production facilities and storage areas for diverse industries including the aviation and automotive sectors.

The Sher-Crete Topscreed range can be used with resin flooring products where a thick sub-screed is required to create a smooth or level finish to heavily textured substrates.

Available to purchase in the United Kingdom and across Europe, Sher-Crete SLX is a powder product which requires the addition of just water. Applied by trowel or pump, its polymer-rich high-strength formulation creates a monolithic bond to a substrate, while its protein-free properties make it suitable for biologically sensitive areas such as laboratories, pharmaceutical settings or biologically sensitive areas.

The fast-curing schedule of the product allows for light traffic in as little as two hours and forklift traffic in 36 hours. It can then be sealed with a resin coat such as Resuflor™ HB to create an aesthetically pleasing anti-slip floor which is resistant to chemicals and process liquids, creating a hygienic, cleanable finish.

Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager at Sherwin-Williams, said: “Sher-Crete SLX and Sher-Crete BU screeds extend the underlay screed options we can provide for rough substrates. The practicality of the products offers major time and cost-saving advantages for projects in the industrial and commercial sectors with quicker installation times and fast curing schedules.

“With this expanded product range, we offer contractors more options that are essential to complement our resin flooring finishes and provide complete flooring solutions.”

Sher-Crete SLX can be applied at thicknesses from 5 to15 millimetres as a wearing surface, while Sher-Crete BU base screed can be applied from 5 to 50 millimetres in thickness.

To learn more about Sher-Crete or other high performance flooring systems, visit the Sherwin-Williams website:

Husqvarna integrates Blastrac and Diamatic surface preparation offering under the Husqvarna brand

Husqvarna Construction today announces its plans to further consolidate brands in the surface preparation segment. Over the coming years, the recently acquired Blastrac and Diamatic products, services, and solutions will be rebranded as Husqvarna and integrated into the global Husqvarna offering.

In January 2021 Husqvarna completed the acquisition of Blastrac, a leading provider of surface preparation equipment and solutions for the global construction and remediation industry.

“We have now built one strong team with the commitment to deliver the best possible experience to our broad range of customers. With our combined expertise and our wider offering we are ready to serve our customers and shape the surface preparation industry for tomorrow,” says Stijn Verherstraeten, Vice President Concrete Surfaces & Floors, at Husqvarna Construction.

The additional offering will considerably enhance the existing Husqvarna surface preparation portfolio by bringing advanced shot-blasting, scraping and scarifying solutions to Husqvarna customers and partners. In their turn, Blastrac customers and partners will get access to new adjacent products such as compactors, concrete placement equipment, sawing & drilling equipment and demolition robots as well as a wide (digital) service offering.

“We really look forward to giving our customers access to the best and broadest surface preparation range in the industry – paired with what is probably the most competent and passionate team and all of this under one strong brand. We will build on the combined surface preparation portfolio and will further invest in innovation leadership over the years to come to make sure our customers can always count on us to complete their work in the most productive, sustainable and safe manner,” says Stijn Verherstraeten.

The first wave of rebranded Blastrac and Diamatic products will be launched mid-2022 and will further shape and complement the Husqvarna offering for floor grinding, scarifying and scraping. The second wave targeting spring 2023 will include shot-blasting solutions and associated dust extractors.

For more information, please contact: Sarah Moggs,


Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has appointed a Product Manager to oversee its evolving UK flooring range.

Berk Aydin takes up the role within the company’s Flooring division, having held the same position at Sika Turkey for the past six years.

A highly-experienced Flooring Product Engineer, Berk has also excelled in Planning, Marketing and Sales roles within the construction industry. As Sika Product Manager he will be responsible for underpinning the UK Flooring range’s compatibility with market requirements and exciting innovation.

Speaking of the requirements of his latest Sika role, Berk, 33, said: “Sika has an ever-changing and dynamic flooring product range. Each day could see new technology become available. Therefore, as manufacturers, we need to ensure our products are fully-equipped with such advancements. This dedication to innovation and extracting even higher performance levels from our flooring range is why the Sika brand remains so respected throughout the industry. As Flooring Product Manager, I look forward to ensuring that fine reputation is upheld.”

As well as ensuring Sika flooring systems contain the latest technologies in order to maintain their best-in-class performance, Berk will be looking to introduce new colour ranges to support industry and customer trends. Additionally, continuing product compliance with local legislations and global sustainability requirements, will be among Berk’s remit as Product Manager.

Berk, who has an MBA and a BSc in Civil Engineering, added: “Our success is built upon us listening to our customers and responding to their needs. Fulfilling their requirements and those of the industry takes an agile, collaborative, flexible and dynamic approach. We have these abilities in abundance at Sika. In my new role I’ve found myself a great team to work with. This team spirit will be key to our long-term success.”

CONICA – Key changes within the senior leadership team

CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sport and play surfacing and resin flooring specialist, confirms Richard Hills, Chief Financial Officer, retired at the end of August.

During his 25 years with the company, Richard was an integral part of the leadership team and his professionalism, knowledge and guidance have been key to our success.

In addition to his duties at CONICA, Richard has always been an advocate for the sports and play sector, representing the industry in a number of roles, including as the Finance Chair at SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association).

CONICA would like to thank Richard for his outstanding contribution to the business and especially his willingness to go above and beyond anything we could have wished for, or expected, during Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. We also appreciate that he has kindly agreed to remain available to the business to handover key tasks and to provide guidance and support during the balance of the year and accounting cycle.

The accounting functions of Richard’s role are now handled by Steph Henderson, Financial Controller.

To support our continued growth, CONICA is also pleased to announce that Verity Gale has joined the business in the role of Commercial Manager. She will be responsible for a wide range of pricing, planning, contract and reporting tasks.

Verity joins us from AAR where she was responsible for key commercial aspects of the relationship with Northrop Grumman and RAF Waddington. 

CONICA wishes Richard a long, happy and healthy retirement and welcomes Verity on board.

Instarmac a world leader in health and safety practice

Instarmac Group plc are celebrating after landing an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards for the ninth consecutive year.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Gold Medal Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice, ensuring their colleagues, customers, clients and contractors all get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety standard industry awards, and Instarmac are delighted to have been recognised by RoSPA for the ninth year in a row.

On winning this prestigious industry award, Emma Kavanagh, QHSE Compliance Manager for Instarmac commented: “The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and visitors has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at Instarmac, but never more so than in the last 12-18 months. We have introduced a number of additional safety measures throughout the building to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly proud of the automatic temperature screening and sanitising dispensing system we have installed at every entrance which has helped minimise infection as much as possible.

We are delighted to have been awarded with the RoSPA Gold Medal for the ninth year and are now one step closer towards our goal of winning a President’s Award for 10 consecutive Gold Awards.”

For more information on Instarmac Group plc, their product offering and career opportunities, please call 01827 254402 or visit You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup or connecting with them on LinkedIn.

The first woman to achieve a highly specialised industry NVQ qualification

The Preparation Group is committed to improving standards and producing high quality products, solutions and services and is proud to announce that “Jessica Wells is the first female to achieve NVQ level2 in “Specialist Concrete occupations (Construction) – Substrate Preparation and Profiling”.

The Company recognises that investment in our team is the key factor to drive the business forward, to learn through accredited training provides a recognised career path for our employees. Jess started her employment with The Preparation Group in October 2018, moving from the Care Industry.

Jess said: “I enjoy journeying around the country with the people I work with, there is never a dull moment. I am onsite with guys using high tech machinery, I thought working on site might be intimidating, but if you are interested in learning, people will show you how to do things right, help and support you. Go for it, it is entirely down to you.” “My goal is to be a site manager to mentor and train more females. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female you need to love what you do to deliver results.”

However, Jess has run up against issues faced by women working in a sector dominated by men, such as a lack of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) and work clothing, and even a recent site not having women’s welfare facilities or female toilets.

Jess was assessed by Ferfa (The Resin Flooring Association) Appointed Assessor Mr Jack Longdon, with over 49 years of industry expertise, appointed by Ferfa in 2018. Jack confirmed that Jess was the first female to be assessed and that she handled the largest equipment with ease and expertise, demonstrating ability and determination to get the job done right.

With the UK having one of the lowest percentages of female professionals in the Construction Industry, Jess is an inspiration, and we hope to encourage more females to train and benefit from the carer opportunities that the Surface Preparation, Polishing and Resin Flooring industry offers. There is no difference between male and female in terms of skills, expertise and added value to the industry and respective companies”. Tracey Glew – “Jess has worked extremely hard to achieve her goals, we are proud of her achievement and will support her to achieve her future ambitions”.

The industry has changed a lot since The Preparation Group started 30 years ago, there is considerably more awareness in the importance of investment in training, recognition of achievements and rewarding for achieving qualifications.

For further information please email: or call 01522 561460 or visit our website


Akeel Ahmed is the latest addition to the Kemtile team – having just been appointed as Business Development Manager by the UK leading of hygienic and sterile flooring and Stonhard division.

In his new role, Akeel will be responsible for the growth and development of contact with existing customers, as well as identifying and securing new opportunities.

With an enviable background in pharmaceutical flooring, he will also play a key role in strengthening Kemtile’s growing market presence within this global market – highlighting Stonhard’s enviable resin solutions, which are the specification of choice amongst world renowned brands such as AstraZeneca, Fusion, Pfizer, Recipharm, Cytiva and Bard Pharmaceuticals.

Also, within his remit, Akeel will be responsible for developing and undertaking Kemtile and Stonhards CPD’s in the UK, as well educating architects, engineers and design companies on the benefits and technicalities of specifying the brands’ products and services.

Having previously worked for another well-known manufacturer of resin flooring systems, Akeel brings with him to Kemtile a wealth of experience, contacts and a proven track record in the sector.

Commenting on the new appointment, Kemtile National Sales Manager David Priest said: “Akeel’s expertise and approach is already proving to be a great asset to our company, and we’re delighted to welcome him on board. His role here is varied and underpins many areas that we’ve identified as important for future strategic growth and commercial success of the business. We wish him all the best in helping both the Kemtile and Stonhard brands to realise our ambitions.”

Akeel said on his appointment to Kemtile: “I jumped at the opportunity to join such a longstanding and respected business, and I feel that my experience and expertise is particularly relevant and makes me really suited to the role.”

“It goes without saying that I’m delighted to join the business and to playing my part in achieving our ambition to become the single source solution of choice for UK commercial flooring and drainage systems across a wide range of sectors.”

For further information visit, call 01925 763045 or email

Sika launches Schönox Renotex 3D – an industry-first thin-layer screed system for damaged or contaminated flooring

Leading building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a pioneering thin-layer screed system that can be applied to surfaces beyond the capability of traditional screed solutions and helps avoid the deconstruction and reinstatement of existing subfloors.

With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world. The hybrid system comprises a patented mesh which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound – allows for the application of extremely thin layers of screed. Despite its slender composition, the screed retains a supremely hardwearing and heavy-duty consistency.

Gavin White, Marketing and Product Manager at Sika said: “Schönox Renotex 3D is another Sika product that lives up to our reputation for innovation. We believe it will prove itself an asset to customers and the construction industry as a whole, as it provides the versatility, strength and support that is out of reach to most screed systems.”

The Schönox Renotex 3D’s hybrid cement and gypsum composition inspires its rapid-install, fast-curing, super-strong performance, enabling it to be walkable in just two hours and flooring-ready in two days. Pumpable, with minimum shrinkage and excellent self-levelling properties, the system’s high load and live load capacity makes it ideal for contaminated flooring or ageing concrete unable to take traditional coatings.

Other benefits of the Schönox Renotex 3D include:

  • Improved heat transmission for underfloor heating
  • Mininmises thickness and weight with fire insulation
  • Provides impact and sound reduction

To coincide with the product’s launch, Sika hosted a live webinar which showcased Schönox Renotex 3D’s pioneering properties. Hosted by members of Sika’s technical team, the one-hour presentation – which included a Q&A session – was warmly received by representatives throughout the construction industry.

Gavin White at Sika added: “The webinar attracted a large audience and the feedback received from attendees on the product and the presentation was extremely positive. I’d like to thank all those who tuned in for their interest, with a special mention also for the Sika team for making it such informative and interesting viewing. I think we’d all agree, though, the real star of the show was Schönox Renotex 3D; an industry-first screed system with the quality and versatility to make good floors that might otherwise be beyond repair.”

To learn more about the new Sika Schonox Renotex 3D visit:

Level IT Bond now goes even further

UltraFloor are delighted to announce that contractor’s favourite floor leveller, Level IT Bond, now includes extra polymer liquid so each bag and bottle now goes even further!

Instarmac’s team of in-house product development chemists constantly assess the performance and capabilities of UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials to look for further improvements.

With this in mind, Level IT Bond now includes extra polymer liquid, enhancing the flow of this fantastic smoothing underlayment, even further.

What’s more, all UltraFloor 5 litre bottles, including Level IT Bond, are now made from 100% recycled material – a huge step forward for UltraFloor and the flooring industry as a whole.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance free flowing two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates, including old adhesive residues without the need to prime first.

This versatile and moisture tolerant floor leveller has a set time of 90 – 120 minutes, can receive foot traffic in as little as 1.5 – 2 hours, and can receive bonded floor coverings after just 4 hours.

With a coverage of approximately 5sqm at 3mm and an exceptional flow, it is unsurprising that Level IT Bond is a firm favourite for today’s flooring contractor.

Level IT Bond is suitable for all flooring environments and has been used at wide variety of projects including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford Cricket Ground and The Gym Group.

Learn more about Level IT Bond, and the other products in UltraFloor’s range of expert subfloor preparation materials, by booking a place on one of UltraFloor’s popular Academy Days. Hosted by Alan Collins and Martin Pouncey, Technical Training and Site Support Managers with a combined 45 years of experience in the flooring industry, UltraFloor’s Academy Days provide the perfect opportunity for those working within the industry to brush up on the latest flooring techniques, get hands-on practical experience and receive a one-to-one consultation.

To book your place on upcoming Academy Day or to register for an UltraFloor webinar please visit

For pricing, stockist information, or to place an order, please contact UltraFloor by emailing or calling +44(0) 1827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest product developments, news and events from UltraFloor by following them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Instarmac launch online Training Academy

Workplaces have changed dramatically over the last 12-18 months with everyone rapidly adapting to the ‘new normal’. We have all had to adjust to new ways of working and learning, and with the demand for online training ever-increasing, Instarmac have spent the last few months researching and considering new approaches to training.

With this in mind, Instarmac are proud to launch their online Training Academy. Visitors to the Instarmac Training Academy will be able to continue their learning regardless of whether they are working from home, in the office, or out on site.

The Instarmac Training Academy has it all. Visitors can take part in webinars, complete CPDs, download podcasts, watch a variety of ‘how-to’ videos and access a huge library of technical and educational resources.

Prefer your training in-person? Visit to book your place at one of Instarmac’s extremely popular Academy Days, held at Instarmac’s bespoke indoor and outdoor training facilities in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Whether you are a highway contractor, tiler, flooring contractor, or an architect looking to earn CPD points, the Instarmac Training Academy has tailored training perfectly suited to you.

For further information on Instarmac’s Training Academy, to see the calendar of events, or to book your place on an upcoming event, please visit

Be the first to hear about upcoming events and the latest resources available, by following Instarmac’s Training Academy on LinkedIn and on Twitter @InstarmacTech.

CONICA further strengthens its Operations team with the appointment of a Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Engineer.

In response to the continued growth of the UK business, CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and resin flooring specialist, is pleased to announce that Mark Wood has joined the business in the role of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental (HSQE) Engineer.

This exciting new role will allow us to further build on our already well established processes, whilst creating an enhanced focus on environmental management.

Mark joins CONICA with a wealth of knowledge and a strong background in similar roles. 

CONICA welcomes Mark on board.


Sika, a global leader in the manufacture of innovative building products, is to host a live webinar to promote the launch of its Versatile thin-layer screed system – Schönox Renotex 3D.

The online presentation, which takes place at 11.00 am on Friday, 18th June, includes an in-depth look at the pioneering floor solution; an effective alternative to dry screeds for building projects where a conventional screed is unsuitable due to a building’s load-bearing capacity. With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world.

Gavin White, Marketing and Product Manager at Sika said: “We’re extremely excited to be giving Schönox Renotex 3D its official launch via our webinar. It’s yet another Sika product that lives up to our reputation for innovation. The Schönox Renotex 3D system’s versatility is its strength and we believe this system is a real asset to the industry. The webinar is an opportunity for flooring professionals to learn how Schönox Renotex 3D can benefit them.”

A hybrid system, Schönox Renotex 3D comprises a patented mesh which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound – allows for the application of extremely thin layers of screed. Despite its slender composition, the screed creates an extremely robust substrate to receive floor finishes in commercial and industrial environments with a prevalence of foot traffic. 

Such is its strength, Schönox Renotex 3D refurbishes contaminated and damaged floors without the need to deconstruct them, resulting in a time and cost-effective application. In terms of its adaptability, Schönox Renotex 3D can be used in conjunction with underfloor heating, fire insulation and sound insulation. Suitable with most floor coverings, rapid-apply, self-stablising Sika-patented Schönox Renotex mesh is key to the system’s outstanding performance. In addition, it has low installation height and requires minimal preparation, hence it is user-friendly and long-term effective. This powerful set of properties add up the overall impact of Schönox Renotex 3D – an exceptional versatile, rapid-drying screed system for the worst possible flooring. 

Further information regarding the system and its application is available via the webinar, which will last for approximately one-hour and includes a Q&A session with Sika Floor’s expert technical team. There is also a chance to discover more about Sika’s full range of Schönox screeds, floor adhesives, primers and waterproof membranes.

Gavin White added: “Those with a vested interest in the development of products which increase the scope of a screed’s application and performance will not want to miss this webinar. We look forward to seeing you all on 18thJune.”To book a place on the webinar, or for more information visit:

Instarmac’s Technical Manager celebrates 25-year service award

Celebrations are aplenty at Instarmac as Technical Manager, Sham Ali, celebrates 25 years’ service.

Sham Ali joined Instarmac on the 1st April 1996 as R & D Technologist. Within 6 months of his employment, Sham formulated and brought to market five new products – a huge achievement that helped lay the foundations for Instarmac to become the respected and trusted company it is today.

After being promoted to Technical Manager in 1997, Sham’s next focus was to expand the Instarmac portfolio to include tile adhesives, grouts and floor levellers – products which would go on to make up the UltraTileFix and UltraFloor brands.

As well as pioneering many game-changing products, Sham has played a critical role in obtaining independent and third party approval for a number of UltraCrete’s products and systems. Sham has worked closely with the British Board of Agrément for 20 years and helped UltraCrete gain its first approval in 2001 for their world-renowned Instant Road Repair. Other approvals followed including UltraCrete’s Manhole Reinstatement System in 2005, Permanent Pothole Repair in 2011 and Instaband ECO in 2012.

What’s more, Sham assisted with the specification, design and installation of the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment at both Instarmac’s Kingsbury Link and Dordon sites.

It’s not just R&D that has benefitted from Sham’s experience and spectacular knowledge. Sham assists with technical site visits and provides telephone support for any customer that needs it. He has visited licensees in both Malaysia and Canada to commission their manufacturing plant for the production of Instant Road Repair and sits on a number of industry committees.

“I am honoured to work with a number of industry committees including FeRFA, CFA, RSTA, TTA, the Stone Federation and BSI. Working in partnership with such bodies helps us to fully understand the needs of the industry and allows us to develop standards to drive change and raise standards across the industry as a whole”.

When looking back over his career at Instarmac and his proudest achievement to date, Sham commented: “I have been lucky to enough to work on some fantastic projects – including the refurbishment of the bridge decks at Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham – but I would have to say my proudest achievement so far is the development of Envirobed HA104®.

“When we launched this product there was nothing else like it in the industry. It was a completely unique product. We achieved something really special with Envirobed HA104®. It elevated our product offering and the reputation of Instarmac. A really proud moment for me.”

During his time at Instarmac, Sham has formulated, developed and enhanced many of today’s much-loved highway, paving, tiling and flooring products. Sham is a crucial member of the Technical team and pillar of support for the business as a whole. Congratulations Sham on this fantastic long-service award.

To contact Instarmac please email or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.


Husqvarna Construction today announces that the HTC products, services and solutions are now fully integrated into the global Husqvarna Construction offering to the surface preparation industry. The introduction of the rebranded range, promoted under the tagline “The Orange Evolution”, is enhanced with the launch of brand new products.

By combining two existing eco systems, the floor grinding customers will have a much wider choice of products, features and solutions at hand – all under one roof and one brand.

“We are thrilled to introduce the most comprehensive product range on this growing market for surface preparation. With this powerful combination we open up a whole new world of options for our customers,” says Stijn Verherstraeten, Vice President Concrete Surfaces & Floors.

To further build on the strong heritage from HTC, Husqvarna Construction launches a series of product innovations, including:

• a new family of high-performing polishing tools

• a tool holder “Multi” allowing to fit both Redi Lock® and EZchange™ tools • a new portfolio of edge grinding tools for hand-held grinders

• a new range of chemicals for the creation and maintenance of polished concrete floors

• an enhanced process of the Superfloor™ method to polish concrete floors.

“We are committed to developing the floor grinding industry, we strongly believe in the benefits of polished concrete floors and we want to help our customers win interesting flooring projects as well as complete their work in the most productive, sustainable and safe manner,” said Stijn Verherstraeten. 


Watco UK has launched its new Watco app, providing quick and easy access to products, advice and support. The app collates everything you need in one place in order to select, buy and apply Watco products, as well as to manage industrial floor maintenance projects effectively.  Available for both iOS and Android mobile devices, the app is available now via the Google Play and Apple App stores.

Watco, the UK’s market leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial strength paint, repair, and maintenance materials, is committed to manufacturing the best products teamed with excellent service. When working with Watco, businesses have access to world-class technical support and a team that will help them find and apply the right product for the job at hand, every time.

The new Watco app redefines how that service is offered, opening up a direct channel of communication and support. Through this new conversational platform, customers can launch real-time, face-to-face conversations with Watco technical experts; initiate virtual video site visits and get tailored advice wherever they are.

At the same time, users also get instant access to information, technical advice and application guides for products they have purchased. They can also request, review and approve quotes as well as placing product orders, creating a single and easily accessible source for all enquiries, orders, advice, and information.

Ed Suthon, Managing Director at Watco commented: “This launch accelerates our digital transformation plan and is part of our on-going promise to provide exceptional product support, advice and service to our customers. We have always been here to help our customers every step of the way and I am delighted that we can now offer that, direct from their back pocket, via our mobile app.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Watco, a company that shares in our vision of proactive, personalised, and customer-centric service,” added Paul Jarrett, Managing Director at Watco’s app development partner Sonin. “This project is a great example of how an app based service can provide added value to customers throughout the entire buyer journey – from those very initial conversations all the way through to application.” 

To find out more about Watco, please visit To learn more about the Watco app and find out how to download, please visit:

Allocation of LeesonBound BBA UVR

As you will no doubt be aware there are currently significant supply disruptions in the raw material market for resin bound products.

This issue is particularly affecting the supply of UV stable resins, with 3 of the major base raw material producers declaring Force Majeure for reasons of fire and the recent snow disruption in Texas. The upstream raw materials are made almost exclusively in Texas, and as such, this will affect all of the suppliers of the raw materials for the Part B component of the system.

These disruptions are likely to continue for the next 3-4 months, the exact timing is not yet clear in what is a very dynamic situation, but we hope that from June there will be some improvement.

There has been commentary of repeated Force Majeures on these UV raw materials since 2017. That is not correct, MDI (non UV) was affected in 2017. The UV has not been meaningfully disrupted until this year.

Leeson Polyurethanes is the market leader in resin bound surfacing, and as such we have long standing agreements with our key suppliers. This means that Leeson has secured sufficient materials until the end of May, based on the historic volumes supplied to our customers in 2019 and 2020 over that period.

We can therefore reassure our existing customers of sufficient historic ongoing supply i.e., on an allocation basis, but that allocation matched to your historic purchases with Leeson Polyurethanes, thereby supporting you as best possible within the constraints we have placed upon us.

There are likely to be increases based on the increased prices we are having to pay to secure materials, but as ever, we will mitigate those increases as much as practical to you our customer.

If you require further information, please contact your Sales Manager, who is best placed to assist you.

We thank you for your support and understanding, and together we will weather this issue.

Build your screed with speed with UltraFloor Screed IT UltraCem

UltraFloor are delighted to present the flooring market with Screed IT UltraCem – the time saving alternative to sand and cement.
Traditionally, sand, cement and water are used to build a new screed from scratch. By using these materials, screeders are able to build up an even, deep concrete slab which is ready to receive a floorcovering after approximately 28 days.
Time is money and waiting 28 days for the screed to be ready is often too long if project deadlines are to be met. Screeders are usually the last trade on site and therefore feel the most pressure to save time and meet the desired completion date.
With this in mind, UltraFloor are excited to announce the launch of their latest flooring innovation – Screed IT UltraCem – a product that is guaranteed to save you time and money.
Screed IT UltraCem is a fibre modified hydraulic binder, which can replace general cement, and when mixed with graded aggregates and water will produce a rapid drying high strength screed which is ready to receive floor finishes such as ceramic/natural stone tiles, wood, lino, carpet etc. between just 24 hours and 4 days – a huge difference compared to the 28 days needed for traditional methods.
Suitable for both internal and external applications, Screed IT UltraCem is fibre reinforced for added strength, which means you don’t need to purchase fibres separately to get the same structural benefits.
What’s more, Screed IT UltraCem has been tailored to meet the needs of the UK flooring industry and is approved for use with 4mm graded aggregate if following our recommended mix designs.
Screed IT UltraCem is widely available through UltraFloor’s extensive distribution network. For further details of this innovative product, to place an order, or to find your nearest stockist, please contact UltraFloor by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing or sending a message on any of their social media channels.


Watco, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance industrial strength paint, repair and maintenance materials, has recently launched the next generation of its best-selling Concrex product, further expanding the Concrex range. Concrex Carbon Fibre is a premium epoxy resin mortar designed to permanently repair damaged concrete floors. It is now even stronger, more chemical resistant and dries even faster.

Concrex Carbon Fibre has been designed to offer its users a solution that is guaranteed to repair areas where other mortars on the market would fail. As such, the versatile repair mortar is ideal for a wide range of applications including very heavily trafficked floors, holes, ramps, loading bays, step nosings and guide rails.

With a resin-rich formula that is loaded with epoxy and reinforced with carbon fibre and ceramic, Concrex Carbon Fibre offers real benefits over the original Concrex formulation – already a market leading product. With interlocking sand particles and the ability to be feather edged, the solution provides both stronger results and a smoother finish.

Developed from the same formula as the original Concrex, it is due to recent advances in resin technology and access to new raw materials that Watco’s chemists have been able to create the new formula with enhanced strength, temperature resistance and reduced cure time. Concrex Carbon Fibre also includes a 15% increase in novolac resin content to boost the repair mortar’s chemical resistance and prevent damage in the event of spilt chemicals.

The high resin content of Concrex Carbon Fibre also enables the repair mortar to form kerbs and repair step nosings, allowing it to be shaped using a trowel and providing the strength required to hold it in place. It can also be paired with Watco’s Tack Coat if intricate repairs or thin screeding is required.

Furthermore, Concrex Carbon Fibre is simple to prepare. There is no need to use a primer and while other repair mortars require a three-part mix that can take up valuable time, Concrex Carbon Fire is already part mixed with the resin and aggregate combined. Users need simply add the grey activator to the mix and the product is ready to go. Fast drying, the repair is ready for traffic again in just one hour. With a 20-year guarantee against impact or abrasion failure, Concrex Carbon Fibre provides peace of mind that the repair will last.

Steve Chanter, Product and Operations Director at Watco, commented: “We are constantly working to improve our tried-and-tested formulations and the new and improved Concrex Carbon Fibre is the first in a series of re-formulations and new product launches coming this year.

“By blending carbon fibre and ceramic into this formulation, we have enhanced the performance of what was already the number one best-selling epoxy resin repair mortar on the market, providing Watco customers with the ultimate solution that cannot be beaten.”

For more information on Concrex Carbon Fibre, please visit and for Watco’s full product portfolio, please visit


Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX, a high-performance, polyurethane, self-serving, UV-resistant, marble effect flooring system, has been shortlisted for a prized industry award.
The innovative PU coating, which produces a fine marble-like design as part of its hard-wearing, smooth, low-maintenance surface finish, is among the finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards. The contest celebrates the most innovative products and services in the flooring industry. A public vote is now open until March 2021 to decide the award’s overall winner.
Bill Woodham at Sika Flooring, said: “I’m delighted with this nomination. Sika Comfortfloor® Marble FX is a genuinely innovative addition to the flooring market. We’re proud of it, and its final placing in the Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards suggests the judges of this revered contest are equally as impressed with its capability.”
Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX is further evidence of Sika’s success in creating PU coating solutions which look as good as they perform. For internal use only, its marble-like design is achieved through a newly-developed colouring method of the base material – Sikafloor®-3000 FX, resulting in a surface that meets the highest standards of comfort and resistance with exceptional style.
With a spectrum of colour shades to suit whichever visual effect is required for a particular commercial environment, Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX meets the strictest emission requirements of various green labels. This helps protects the flooring’s installers and the building’s future occupants in terms of ecology, health and safety.
Bill continued: “Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX increases the opportunity for businesses to install hygienic and seamless surfaces which enhance their brand and their building’s character, as well as creates a comfortable, clean and safe environment for staff and customers. Its development is testament to our technical teams’ commitment to raising the standards of commercial flooring.”

Ryebrook becomes an Employee Owned Company

Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd, who were a pioneer in the installation of resin floors to industrial, institutional and educational clients became an “Employee Owned Company” on the 6th October 2020. Along with two other companies’ who together form a holdings group, founded in 1989.

The three companies, which make up the holdings group, and have all traded for more than 25 years, were handed over to an Employees Trust in a move to secure the jobs and future of its staff based at its Head office in Medway, alongside its 70 mobile technicians and licensees.

The Employee Trust board will be made up of Directors and employees of all three companies, plus an independent director.

During the handover of the Company to the Employee Trust, employees and contractors were thanked for helping with the growth and success of the companies through their continued contribution over the years to the businesses. It was felt that the setting up the Employee Trust would generate the security of everyone involved in the businesses and will reward them for their endeavours into their futures.

Husqvarna Launches an all-new range of floor grinders

Equipment manufacturer Husqvarna Construction Products further strengthens its position on the global floor grinding market by launching not one, but a complete range of no less than eight new floor grinders.
The machines have been developed with the user in focus—ensuring a smarter way of working. Please click here for further information


Hygienic flooring experts Kemtile have celebrated 40 years in the UK commercial flooring sector and becoming part of an ambitious global flooring group by investing in a brand refresh.

The rebrand reflects the Warrington-based firm’s new position as a division of Stonhard – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of resin flooring for commercial markets – and promotes its well-established credentials as excellent specifiers and installers of hygienic flooring solutions in both food and beverage and pharma sectors.

It marks a new era in the lifecycle of the Kemtile business and supports the company’s long-standing reputation for delivering ‘excellence’ in flooring every step of the way.

Led by Operations Director Jamie Cook the rebrand underpins years of trusted solutions, experience, skill, attention to detail, and solutions from the groundworks up, built to last.

Designed to promote quality and confidence it will align well with its blue chip customer base, which includes some of the best known names in the food and beverage and pharma industries.

Jamie Cook commented: “After 40 years trading history and having been acquired by an international group it was time to reshape our branding and we are delighted with the new look. Its fits with our new ambitions for the UK market and beyond.”

The new branding extends across the company from website and social channels to advertising, signage, clothing, pens and the company’s fleet of vehicles.

For further information visit

CONICA appoints a UK Head of Operations

CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and functional flooring specialist, has added to its growing team with the appointment of Mike Hill as UK Head of Operations.

After almost 20 years with the business John Bramwell, Operations Director will be retiring at the end of October this year. During his time with the company, John has been a fundamental part of everything the company achieved and will leave CONICA with one of the best truck tyre recycling plants anywhere in the world. CONICA would like to thank John for his outstanding contribution to the business and especially his willingness to go above and beyond anything we could have wished for, or expected, during this very challenging COVID-19 period.

To continue to help the operational side of the business continue to develop and thrive, CONICA is pleased to announce that Mike Hill joined the business on Monday 7th September as our Head of Operations. Mike most recently worked for Siemens Mobility in Lincoln and brings with him a wealth of mechanical, hydraulic and electric/electronics engineering experience gained during his time with the RAF (working on fighter jets) and with Siemens. “I am delighted to have joined CONICA at such an exciting time in their development.” Said Mike. “Already an industry leader, CONICA has ambitious and innovative plans to grow its capacity significantly in the short to medium term, further investing in its already highly skilled workforce and green credentials. I look forward to working with CONICA’s existing supplier and customer base and building on our already strong partnerships.”

CONICA wishes John a long, happy and healthy retirement and welcomes Mike on board.


Sika has developed a unique crack-bridging solution for the time and cost-effective refurbishment of car parks. It includes an innovative application method that has been developed for surfaces with direct traffic.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System contains a combination of proven technologies: fast-curing pure polyurea liquid, and a tough-elastic, coloured, polyurethane seal coat. Developed to protect surfaces subject to direct traffic, the Sikalastic® OneShot system provides safe, robust decking for multi-storey and underground car parks; it’s a slip-resistant, highly-durable product with high crack-bridging ability to reduce time on site. This is achieved through its unique application method via special two-part spray equipment, which is used to apply ultra-rapid Sika® Concrete Primer and the crack-bridging waterproofing membrane Sikalastic®-8800, in preparation for the system’s roller-applied, non-slip polyurethane seal coat.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System’s time and cost-effectiveness is enhanced by its sand constituent, which is fully-bonded and removes the need to remove excess particles.

Simon Clark Product Manager at Sika said: “Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System is another result of our drive for innovation in the flooring market. With this system, we have developed a solution that saves time and expense in relation to car park deck installation, without compromise to performance. Its Sika technologies guarantee car park flooring that looks as good as it lasts.”

As well as withstanding the long-term stresses and strains of traffic movements, the Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System offers superb resistance to related issues such as rainwater, atmospheric carbonation, de-icing salts and automotive fluids, movement and groundwater.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System returns a car park to service quicker and minimises the loss of revenue – in one shot.

Brian Poulson Obituary

FeRFA is sad to announce the death of the former FeRFA executive director Brian Poulson on the 5th April 2020.

Brian Poulson was born on the 31st July 1937 in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Having attended St Albans Grammar School where he excelled in both Mathematics and Sciences, Brian won a scholarship to study Chemistry at Downing College Cambridge in 1956, graduating in 1959 with an honours degree in Natural Sciences. He then devoted his working life to the application of science to building, construction and highway engineering.

His first post was at Rickmansworth as a research chemist for Cementation Research (1959-1968) concentrating on construction and mining processes. At Cementation Chemicals in Norbury, South London, (1968-1972), he became a Technical Manager focusing on industrial flooring, structural waterproofing, and concrete repair.

Brian was able to specialise as the General Manager for Technical and Marketing for Redland Prismo at Rowfant, (1972-1981) in road markings, specialist surfacings and joint sealants. He was particularly proud of the work he undertook in Japan, the USA and at Tehran Airport in Iran. From squash courts to international motorways, his research, laboratory development and applied learning were bearing fruit.

He became technical director at Fosroc in Leighton Buzzard (1981-4), specialising in international mining chemicals and resin products and then moved to Prodorite in Wednesbury, West Midlands (1984-1990). This was a smaller national firm specialising in industrial floorings, concrete repair and specialist coating products. He was to enjoy some of the most productive and fulfilling years of his working life in the Black Country, where he felt welcomed and at home.

Brian’s calm, analytical, scientific brain, became invaluable as an expert witness at the Investigation into the King’s Cross Underground Fire of 1987 chaired by Desmond Fennell. Brian was able to help disprove the initial belief that the paint provided by Prodorite had caused the disastrous flashover. In so doing, he contributed to evidencing the real lessons learnt by the enquiry.

In 1990 Brian moved back into the international business world with WR Grace, based in Slough, as Group Leader in the Industrial Flooring and Concrete Repair Division before becoming an independent consultant in 1995. The contacts he forged internationally became invaluable and his extensive technical knowledge was deployed with the generous enthusiasm of a life-long industrial chemist who perceived his labour as vocation.

Brian’s experience and technical expertise began to serve a wider scientific and commercial community and his horizons broadened beyond the UK. He became Technical Chairman of the Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA); and Secretary General of the European Federation of National Associations Representing producers and applicators of specialist building products for Concrete (EFNARC).

The former President of EFNARC, David Chapman, based in Belgium, paid tribute by declaring that, “Brian was incredibly knowledgeable in the field of Construction Chemicals and was one of the people who helped create a billion pound industry in the UK today”. He went on to remark how Brian’s contribution had been recognised more across Europe than in his own country where he had been instrumental in the development of the European Construction Chemicals industry.


Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a ‘next generation’ range of primers and coatings which fulfil the flooring market’s need for rapid, durable products with added sustainability.

Sikafloor®-150 and Sikafloor®-151 are multi-purpose primers which benefit the environment, as well as create durable, high-performance flooring. Comprising two-part, epoxy resin and suitable for use as levelling mortar and mortar screed, the products conform to the environmental ‘low-emitting materials’ standard: LEED v4 EQc 2. The primers’ low odour composition enhances their strong sustainable performance.

Sikafloor®-150 and Sikafloor®-151 are also notable for their rapid curing time; ensuring installers involved in the most complex of projects are able to meet the appointed deadline. Exhibiting excellent penetration due to their low viscosity, the primers are ideal for low-to-medium absorbent substrates.

In addition, Sika has launched Sikafloor®-2640 – a solution when reliable performance and rapid, easy application are a prerequisite. This two-part, epoxy floor coating and seal coat, which offers excellent blush resistance, provides either a seamless smooth, high gloss finish; or optimum slip, mechanical and chemical resistant profiles in areas such as car park decks, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, food and drink manufacturing plants, airport hangers, workshops and garages.

Sikafloor®-2640 is accredited to standards EN 15404-2: surface protection product for concrete – coating; and EN 13813: resin screed material for internal use in buildings. Simon Clark, Product Manager at Sika said: “We are extremely excited to be introducing these superb products to the marketplace. They are testament to our continued drive for innovation in developing flooring solutions which provide long-term benefit for our customers and the industry as a whole, whilst cementing our reputation as leaders in our field.”


Sika has launched the next generation of enhanced performance, faster cure floor coatings that are suitable for a range of applications where safety and durability are paramount.

Sikafloor®-2640 is a two-part, epoxy floor coating and seal coat which is notable for its easy application and hard-wearing, long-term performance.

With excellent blush resistance, Sikafloor®-2640 provides either a seamless smooth, high gloss finish, or a range of slip resistant profiles for areas where optimum mechanical and chemical resistance is required, such as car park decks, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, food and drink manufacturing plants, airport hangers, workshops and garages.

Sikafloor®-2640 has been developed using low emission resin, increasing its sustainable credentials which are further enhanced by its low odour properties. A range of thicknesses can be achieved with this system, depending on the anticipated wear.

For hygiene-critical areas used for food and drink manufacture, it is vital that the flooring is low maintenance and easy to clean, Sikafloor®-2640 has both aspects covered.

Accredited to standards EN 15404-2: surface protection product for concrete – coating; and EN 13813: resin screed material for internal use in buildings, Sikafloor®-2640 is the solution when reliable performance and a rapid and easy application are a prerequisite.

Simon Clark, Product Manager at Sika, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be introducing Sikafloor®-2640 to the marketplace. Its enhanced performance, developed by Sika technology, makes this product a leader in its field. Rapid-cure, easy-to-apply and exceptionally durable, we believe Sikafloor®-2640 represents a new level of flooring excellence.”


Global building products manufacturer, Sika, showcased its latest customer initiatives and flooring products during a presentation at its site in Preston.

Attended by Sika customers from the flooring and car park markets, the two-day programme took place late February prior to lockdown measures being introduced. It included an in-depth introduction to the company’s new contractor schemes, demonstrations of its new, innovative flooring solutions, and question and answer sessions hosted by Sika’s Technical and Application teams. 

The presentation included an introduction to Sika ParkDeck, a new contractor scheme for companies installing waterproof decking car park systems for new-build and refurbishment projects, and Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System – a unique polyurea resin-based sprayed membrane system that provides a crack-bridging, fast cure, hard-wearing, seamless finish for exposed car parking decks.

It also focused on the launch of Sika Strata, a new contractor scheme for customers installing flooring solutions for commercial and industrial projects. As with Sika ParkDeck, the scheme is designed to maintain quality standards within the industry and allow contractors access to Sika products and training.

ComfortFloor® Marble FX, a new addition to Sika’s revered ComfortFloor® range which remains the only resin flooring system to be accredited with a BREEAM Green Guide A+ rating for the system’s entire build-up, also featured as part of the presentation. This unique decorative system has almost limitless design possibilities and can be tailored to incorporate colours, patterns and imagery to suit a particular need.

Other products covered during both days of the presentation included Sika’s new range of lower-emission, epoxy primers, Sikafloor® 150 and 151, which replace Sikafloor® 156 and 161. and Sikafloor® 2640, a ‘next generation’ epoxy high-build textured floor coating and seal coat that can be used in warehousing and manufacturing facilities

Speaking of the Sika Strata and Sika ParkDeck contractor scheme initiatives, and the presentation programme, Bill Woodham, National Sales Manager at Sika, said: “The contractor schemes are designed to help businesses grow by having an association with – and the support of – Sika: a leading global manufacturer in the construction industry. Overall, the presentation provided an invaluable introduction to our new flooring products and initiatives. We thank all those who took the time to visit our Preston offices over the two days.”


Two of our FeRFA members, Sika in conjunction with Zircon Flooring Limited has been shortlisted for a renowned industry accolade following an outstanding refurbishment of a London TV studio.

The project on behalf of international news broadcaster CNN is a finalist in this year’s Contract Flooring Journal/ Contract Flooring Association (CFJ/CFA) Awards. Its shortlisting is in the ‘Flooring in Industrial Spaces’ category.

For the refurbishment, Sikafloor supplied the high-quality flooring system – Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF – that resulted in the studio being furnished with a super-flat, super-smooth waterproof surface to uphold operations at one of the world’s most-watched news services.

Bill Woodham at Sika, said: “This is extremely good news. The CFJ/CFA Awards are respected throughout the industry, therefore a ringing endorsement of the superb work carried out during the CNN project. This was a true joint effort, with Zircon making wonderful use of our high-performance flooring solutions.”

For the CNN studio floor refurbishment, Zircon’s challenge was to deliver a durable, resin-based anti-static floor with a tolerance of +/-1mm over a 3-metre straight edge, a reading which far exceeds the British Standard. Sikafloor’s system was more than capable of ensuring the required outcome was achieved. 

Despite encountering a number of logistical challenges at the BREEAM site, the floor installation was completed to the client’s one-month deadline. The project provided further evidence of Sika and Zircon’s collaborative ability to deliver quality, safe, durable flooring.

Bill Woodham at Sika, added: “This was an extremely high-profile project, and our excellent working relationship with Zircon Flooring was key to its success. To have been shortlisted among the finalists in this esteemed award is a great achievement.”


Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX facilitates the creation of an array of structures and patterns to elevate commercial flooring to unprecedented aesthetic realms.

The PU coating system’s fine marble-like design is achieved through a newly-developed colouring method of the base material – Sikafloor®-3000 FX, resulting in a surface that meets the highest standards of comfort and resistance with exceptional style.

Simon Clark, Product Manager for Flooring, at Sika, said: “Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX is further evidence of our success in creating PU coating solutions which look as good as they perform. In the development process, we ensured the system met the strictest emission requirements of various green labels. This will help protect the flooring’s installers and the building’s future occupants in terms of ecology, health and safety.”

Integral to the appearance of the Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX system is the elegant, matt- look provided by its top coat, Sikafloor®-306 W. This not only provides the surface with an attractive finish, its seamless attributes make for an extremely easy and comprehensive clean. Sikafloor®-306 W is the result of the latest sealer development and is another extension of the Sika ComfortFloor® range. Its elastic properties allow it to withstand point loads, whilst good UV and yellowing resistance is among its other additional benefits.

With 72 standard colours available in its ComfortFloor® range, there is a spectrum of shades to suit whichever visual effect is required for a particular commercial environment. The majority of these colours are available within the system’s basecoat, Sikafloor®-3000 FX, for additional decorative flourish.

Simon added: “Sikafloor®-3000 FX is an exceptional addition to the commercial flooring market. It further increases the opportunity for businesses to install surfaces which enhance their brand and their building’s character as well as create a comfortable, clean and safe environment for staff and customers. Systems such as this require immense research and technical knowhow to develop. As innovators of more than 50 years’ experience in the global manufacture of building products to call upon, Sika was well-placed to supply this latest industry innovation.”


Star Uretech joins the Good Business Charter Star

Star Uretech is delighted to announce it has joined companies such as Capita, London  City Airport and Deloitte in signing up to the Good Business Charter (GBC), an accreditation that seeks to raise the bar on business practices for employees, tax, the environment, customers and suppliers.

Star Uretech is proud to be the first in the Resin Flooring sector to join the GBC. It has never been more important for businesses to regain trust and show they care about more than just profit.

The Good Business Charter exists for all companies and charities with 10 employees or more across all industries and sectors and works through a simple online self-certification process. At a time when people are caring more about who they work for and who they buy from, the Good Business Charter offers a straightforward accreditation which recognises organisations which prioritise and care for their employees, the environment, customers and suppliers, whilst also paying their taxes according to the spirit of the law. The GBC and its members seek to inspire many other businesses to follow suit.

The Good Business Charter has the support of both the CBI and the TUC which both have trustee representation on its board. Other partners of the GBC include the Living Wage Foundation and   the Prompt Payment Code. The GBC has been set up by a charity called the Good Business Foundation and accreditation will be free for all companies in the first year.

Chairman of the GBC board, Simon Fox, said:“The Good Business Charter brings together 10 standards, most of which already exist, but in separate places. We have bought them together to give a coherent overall position for businesses  to aspire to. We believe that the GBC has enormous potential to  change  business practice for  good. We hope that because of its simplicity and cost effectiveness, it will quickly gain support.”

Mark Almond of Star Uretech Ltd, said:“We take great pride in the ethical way in which we choose to run our business and we are delighted to receive accreditation from the Good Business Charter. We aim to prove that it is not just possible to run a successful company which chooses to do the right thing but that an ethical approach actually helps us to achieve our targets and continued success”


Leading hygienic flooring company Kemtile has put the experienced George Morton in charge of existing clients and new business development across the North of England.

George brings 30 years of construction and flooring installation expertise to the Territory Manager role and will now work as part of an extensive commercial team based in Kemtile’s UK HQ in Warrington.

Kemtile, which celebrated 40 years trading history in 2019, was acquired by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group in July 2018, joining the worldwide Stonhard division, a specialist epoxy resin flooring manufacturer with a 90-year pedigree of its own.

It represents a new era in the UK for both firms, combining in-depth expertise for specification, manufacture and installation all under one roof for the first time.

It’s full circle for George, who spent three years with Stonhard until 2013, where he added resin flooring to a vast knowledge of concrete floors and construction in general and established an enviable sales record.

Taking some time out to run his own business, developing opportunities and managing all aspects of flooring build and install across the UK, George has now returned to the company in an exciting new role in the newly merged organisation.

He will be tasked with selling the ‘single source’ commercial flooring solution across Kemtile’s heartland food and drink marketplace and exploring opportunities in pharma, aerospace and engineering where the Stonhard UK brand is strong.

Current customers across both brands include Wright Foods, GKN Aerospace, Wrights Pies, Rhokett and KP Snacks.

He said: “Selling bespoke flooring solutions for both Kemtile and Stonhard is a really fantastic opportunity for me and a chance to complete unfinished business here! I think the sky’s the limit for these two brands. Both are second to none in experience, knowledge and commitment to delivering a high-quality service. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jamie Cooke, Operations Director commented: “We are delighted to bring George back into the business. He has a first class understanding of how to source and create tailored flooring solutions for customers in a wide range of sectors and is already familiar with the Stonhard brand and our commitment to on time, on budget delivery. He is going to be a great asset to our Northern client base and will help us lead Kemtile into the next phase of growth as part of an exciting worldwide Group.”

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Keeping it clean

Go back to basics for best resin flooring performance

By Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams

Developments in flooring are progressing at a rapid pace, now delivering anti-microbial benefits which dramatically reduce the risk of bacterial surface growth. However, in the food and beverage industry this should be taken as an additional benefit and not as a substitute for good practices, including a regular cleaning regime. This article provides a thorough assessment of what these good practices should be.

Installing the correct surface is key

A key part of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles that food businesses must adhere to is cleanability – meaning installing industrial flooring which is balanced between being non-slip and easy to clean.

When planning the cleaning regime and techniques for a manufacturing plant or warehouse, there are key points to consider: from the specification of flooring types at installation stage through to the chemicals and equipment used in the cleaning process.

Resin floors are formed from a range of base polymers, including epoxy and polyurethane, and are supplied in a wide range of finishes which can be tailored to the needs of the end user. One frequent issue with a resin floor is the balance between slip resistance and cleanability. Some flooring solutions with built-in aggregate, which reduce the potential for slipping, can also require more intensive and abrasive cleaning techniques. Similarly, a matt finish will require more thorough cleaning than a gloss finish due to the former’s micro texture.

The appropriate cleaning regime is determined by several factors, and the best practice is to discuss these needs with an applicator and resin manufacturer as part of the specification process, as well as carry out localised cleaning trials in non-visible areas before treating the entire surface.

Soft or medium bristles recommended

Similarly, consideration must be given to the cleaning equipment and products that will work best to ensure resin surfaces can remain hygienic. The original scrubbing brush technique or mops and buckets have been left behind by mechanically driven machines with pads or brushes. Think about the choice of bristle rigidity paramount to balancing thorough cleaning with protecting the integrity of the flooring.

At Sherwin-Williams, our experts generally recommend soft to medium bristle brushes, as these work well on most surfaces. However, best practice is to only use brushes which follow the profile of a resin floor. In very coarse systems, the use of a pressure washer and potentially steam cleaning can be an effective preferable method of removing the soiling. This option should only be used on resin flooring systems which have been suitably specified and installed to withstand such processes.

Sherwin-Williams has formulated a range of resin flooring and maintenance cleaning products using natural and ecologically sound materials, which contain no caustic alkalis, harmful solvents or aggressive biocides. They are safe in use and have a superior environmental profile. Selecting the correct cleaning materials for your flooring can substantially help to break down the soiling and lift it from the floor surface, provided it is applied correctly and allowed to work on the surface for a defined period before being washed away.

Resistant to attack from sugars and acids

Great care must also be taken to ensure the correct flooring system is chosen with regards to the cleaning chemicals and residual sugars, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Sugars and acids can act very corrosively with epoxy flooring. Similarly, factories which undertake a Clean-In-Place regime which involves cleaning interior equipment and fittings with corrosive acids and sodas and then washing them away with hot water can find it has a potentially fatal effect on epoxy flooring systems.

In these scenarios, the FasTop™ flooring range by Sherwin-Williams, including FasTop RS69 and FasTop TG69, provides the best performance in terms of chemical resistance, hygiene, cleanability and slip resistance.

FasTop product range offers multiple hygiene benefits

FasTop, the HACCP-certified, food-safe resin flooring polyurethane screed range from Sherwin-Williams, offers considerable (and in some cases unique) benefits to food and drink manufacturers. The backbone of its polymer chemistry includes natural resins extracted from plant sources as well as synthetic resins with a Campden BRI certification for non-taint properties and HACCP’s food safety validation. Recently, the FasTop range became available in a new innovative packaging concept where the resin components are supplied to site in pouches instead of buckets, contributing to a much cleaner job site and reducing the amount of waste generated in the installation phase. The pouches use less than one-fifth of the weight of plastic used for plastic buckets with this product. As a result, twice as much product can now be delivered on each pallet, with empty pouches taking up 40 times less space compared to used buckets. This means reduced waste from packaging, which makes waste disposal more economical.

Such sustainability and safety enablers add to a combination of other features that positively impact both installation and service phases of its life cycle. The industry-leading range has been formulated to allow installation in a single application which cures in a matter of hours using the above-mentioned innovative and sustainable cementitious urethane resin technology. The long-term protection it provides is anchored in its self-sealing, self-levelling and slip-resistant properties with tolerance to steam cleaning, boiling water and process liquids up to 120°C and down to -40°C for freezer temperatures.

Provided with a range of optional primers and topcoats that further enhance the ability to adapt the systems to different technical and aesthetical demands, FasTop solutions are ideal for use in a wide range of industries, from food and beverage preparation, processing and handling premises to pharmaceutical and chemical plant processing and heavy-duty plant and traffic areas.

For expert advice on optimal flooring solutions for your food and beverage facility, or cleaning your resin flooring, contact the Sherwin-Williams team today.

The Preparation Group – Launch of the Worst SubFloor Awards

As surface preparation contractors, The Preparation Group thinks it has seen it all, but is inviting Flooring Contractors, Installers and Material Manufacturers to submit the worst subfloors they come across and how they turned them around. Says Lesley Collins, BDM; ‘We have launched the UK’s first Worst Subfloor Awards to showcase the best examples of what can be achieved, when all looks initially dire!  You know the projects. The ones where you hang your head and think, what on earth do I do now? We are after a picture of the offending subfloor before it has been tackled via mechanical or chemical preparation, maybe even both, and a picture of the wonderful transformation at the end. We are posting updates across our social media platforms. Entry forms are available by emailing – you’ve got to be in it, to win it!’

The top prize is a full day course in The Preparation Group’s Training School on ‘An Introduction to Mechanical Surface Preparation’ tailored around the winner’s needs, for up to five staff. Entries must be submitted by 31st October 2020, ready for judging in November. The company will be looking at the severity of the subfloor’s condition and the quality of the finished floor.

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The Resin Mill makes top 100 list for the fastest growing companies in the UK

FeRFA member and specialist resin bound supplier, The Resin Mill, has been ranked 56th in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their last three years.

FeRFA member and specialist resin bound supplier, The Resin Mill, has been ranked 56th in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their last three years. The league table is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards ceremony at the Branson family home in May next year.

Scott Haley, Operations Director states: ‘It came as a complete surprise that we would be included in this years fast track 100 but we are delighted that we made the list. All the hard work of our staff over the last few years had helped push the company to where it is today and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements. Our future couldn’t look brighter and as we look forward into expanding the company and taking on more employees it should help our thriving local economy. This is an exciting time for us all.’

The Resin Mill was founded by Jason Wainwright and Scott Haley in 2015 and specialises in supplying quality resin bound materials to contractors, councils and multi-national companies all over the UK. Their School of Resin training academy leads the way in educating newcomers to the industry.


A high-profile project, for which Sika supplied the quality flooring solution, has collected a prized industry accolade.

Sika, in collaboration with Zircon Flooring, achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ status in the Large Commercial Project of the Year category at this year’s FeRFA resin flooring association awards. The triumph commemorated the companies’ joint delivery of a super-flat, seamless floor refurbishment at ITV’s Leeds-based studio where the popular soap Emmerdale is filmed.

Pete Hollingworth at Sika said: “What fantastic news. The ITV project was a model collaborative effort between Sika and Zircon Flooring. To have our efforts recognised at the FeRFA awards, which celebrate the very finest in resin flooring, is a tribute to the expertise and diligence of all those involved. We were up against strong competition from entrants across the UK in the large commercial category, which makes our Highly Commended award particularly noteworthy.”

The FeRFA awards celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its 130-plus members. This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony in Nottingham, which also commemorated FeRFA’s 50th year as the ‘voice of the resin industry’.

For the ITV studio floor refurbishment, Zircon installed Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF across a 788m2 surface area. A proven system for TV studio/media projects on account of its protective, electrostatic conductive self-smoothing properties, Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF ensured the new surface achieved the required floor tolerance of +/- 1mm over a 3-metre straight edge, which is a requirement for HD and the new 4K filming.

Pete at Sika added: “Sika’s culture of innovation also deserves credit for this latest FeRFA award. It means we have a product-based solution to suit a range of complex flooring requirements.”

Individuals  on the picture from left to right:
Mark Spowage (CEO FeRFA),
Harald Maul from Dorfner (Sponsor)
Jami from Innoveo (Sponsor).
Murray MacQueen (Sika)
Tony Ledger (Zircon Flooring)
Keelan Draper  (Zircon Flooring)
Stewart Draper (Zircon Flooring)
Bill Woodham (Sika Ltd)
Reverend Richard Coles (Event Host)

John Holmes wins FeRFA Award

John Holmes, MD of Reprotec Group, has won the prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to FeRFA (Federation of Resin Flooring Association), the national body representing the Resin Flooring sector.

John was presented with his award at a glittering ceremony held in Nottingham on Friday 29 November and it was made extra special in that FeRFA was also celebrating its 50 Anniversary!

Reprotec was established in 1988 and John’s involvement with FeRFA spans more than 20 years.  John working alongside a select band of Industry experts, John was instrumental in bringing together manufacturers and contractors to introduce technical quality standards and to design the training, validation and implementation of the very first NVQ Level 2 Resin Flooring Apprenticeship qualifications. 

He has been a driving force for technological advancement and expansion of the range of qualifications in the resin flooring industry via FeRFA and by leading the way in best practice.

John said: “I am proud of the fact that back in 2007 five of our employees gained the very first NVQ Level-2 qualification and were part of the first cohort of 19 to do so nationally, and that those same employees continue to work at Reprotec today and have progressed in their careers.  More recently, one of the original cohort achieved NVQ Level 6 through the FeRFA Contracts Management Pilot-Scheme.  He is now ‘Head of Operations’ and an excellent role-model for advancement within the Industry.” It is no surprise that Reprotec has held ‘Investor in People’ award since 2006.

John’s philosophy is not to ‘sell’ services and products, but to ‘educate’ customers about resin applications and as part of this, his other passion of environmental sustainability was acknowledged by the award.  This includes working with reputable suppliers to promote environmentally sustainable products in line with all standards and integrating his ‘Green Theme’ throughout his company. His environmentally sustainable conscience and continual improvements are at the forefront of his passion for Resin Flooring, opening up opportunities within new market sectors.

John said: “It’s been a great year.  We started the year by winning NEPIC ‘SME of the Year 2019’ and ended the year with the FeRFA ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award. It is a privilege to gain awards however to be recognised by ones’ peers within your own profession makes it extra special. I am delighted to accept the award but behind every achievement there is a team effort, and I would like to thank Team Reprotec for their hard work and support.”


Sika Schönox HS 50, Sika’s innovative hybrid levelling screed, has been shortlisted for a coveted industry award.

The low-stress compound, which is ready for vinyl application in just 48-hours, is among finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards.  The contest celebrates the most innovative products and services in the flooring industry. Sika Schönox HS 50 has been shortlisted, with the winner being decided by an online vote which opens in January.

 Pete Hollingworth, Business Unit Manager at Sika Flooring, said: “This is extremely exciting news about a very exciting product. Schönox HS 50 represents genuine innovation. It speeds-up the flooring process without compromising quality. We believe our product is ‘next level’ as far as floor technology is concerned; the judges of this revered industry award would appear to agree. We are very proud to hear of its nomination.”

Containing Patented Active Dry Technology, Schönox HS 50 combines the flow-ability and surface finish of a calcium sulphate screed whilst possessing the rapid-curing properties of cement-based systems. Largely unaffected by humidity and temperature, Sika Schönox HS-50 allows for applications in the summer and winter months without curing issues.

In terms of industry accreditation, Schönox HS 50 is marked as EC 1PLUS R and fulfils the Blue Angel criteria for its environmentally-friendly credentials. It is also classified to EN 13813 as CA-C35-F10.


Kemtile – the flooring and drainage specialist to the food and drink manufacturing sector – is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Formed in autumn 1979, the size and success of the Cheshire-based company has consistently grown over four decades in terms of size, capabilities and customer base.

Starting as a three-person team, Kemtile was acquired by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group a year ago. It is now a division of its industrial brand, Stonhard, which provides a range of products and services to various markets in more than 65 countries across the globe.

Kemtile clients include Princes, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Heinz, 2 Sisters Food Group, Cargill and Moy Park.

The company recently relocated its head office team into a larger, fully renovated and newly refurbished premises on the same business park that it has always occupied.

This increased its workspace by a third, which is now filled, in part, by the Stonhard UK team after moving its national headquarters from Hampshire to Warrington during the summer – bringing the company’s full staff headcount to 60.

Jamie Cook, Operations Director of Kemtile, said: “We are, of course, delighted to celebrate such a milestone and I’m very proud of our growth and successes during the last four decades.

“From rather humble beginnings, our experience, expertise and attention to detail has earned us an enviable reputation amongst food and drink manufacturing companies and pharmaceutical processors.

“I took over the company with my co-director, Stephen Westley, back in 1998. Since then, we’ve worked with lots of leading brands – as well as many smaller players – and have become a hygienic flooring supplier of choice.

“Our acquisition reaffirms our success and will help us to realise our strategic growth plans for the future. It’s certainly an exciting time for Kemtile – and the wider Stonhard and the RPM Performance Coatings Group – and we’re very much looking forward to what’s still to come.”

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CONICA announces new UK dedicated website

After many months in development, CONICA is excited to announce that the brand new UK website is now live.

CONICA develops, manufactures and supplies an extensive range of surfacing solutions for the playground, sports, landscaping and resin flooring markets.

Established in 1977, Conica’s experience and expertise is extensive, it offers outstanding technical expertise, exceptional product quality and comprehensive customer service.

With manufacturing facilities in the UK and Switzerland, CONICA can deliver tailored solutions to meet a wide range of customer requirements.

From individual product components, such as PU and epoxy resins, EPDM and recycled tyre granules that are fully compatible with one another, to complete surfacing solutions, clients can choose from an outstanding range.

The new website has been designed to be bright, easy to use and full of relevant and useful information.  It provides a dedicated platform for delivery of information that relates specifically to the UK, where some key elements of the product range are unique.

Visit the new website now at

For more information or to get in touch email or call 01636 642 460

CONICA – surfacing solutions for an active world.


Murray MacQueen has joined Target Market Flooring’s specialist team as Area Technical Manager for North-East England and Scotland.

This new challenge will see Murray working with contractors, architects and engineers on specification projects that include Sika screed and Sika resin coating solutions for industrial and commercial projects including car parks and deck finishes.

Prior to his appointment, Murray worked in the Sika Specialist Distribution team, managing key accounts that support the supply of products for key projects via the distribution supply chain. In total he has been with Sika for more than 10 years, having previously worked at Sika Everbuild. It has enabled him to gain vast specialist sales experience within the construction sector.

Murray, who began his Sika Flooring role in September, said:  “The move to Sika Flooring represents a huge opportunity for me. The sector has always interested me. Whether it be the health sector, the food and drink industry or manufacturing, Sika has a flooring solution for a wide range of applications. I’m looking to demonstrate how Sika systems are the number one choice for new-build and refurbishment projects.”

Bill Woodham, Sikafloor’s Target Market National Area Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have Murray on board. He has worked extensively in the construction industry and brings with him a wealth of opportunities and contacts. Murray will be joining an evolving team that continuously strives to meet and exceed customer expectations and deliver a best-in-class customer experience. We look forward to Murray building on the success he has already achieved at Sika.”


Sika’s seamless, durable flooring system helped transform an empty storage area into a fully-operational TV studio and event space.

The building, owned by specialist fit-out and finishing contractor which is located in Wrotham, Kent. To facilitate the storage space’s renovation into a TV studio capable of hosting and broadcasting events, the company required a robust surface adept at withstanding foot traffic wear and tear. It also needed to allow for the smooth movement of heavy recording equipment.

This led to the specification of Sika ComfortFloor® PS-23, a seamless, resin-based system, which not only enhances user comfort and safety, its odourless, solvent-free properties contribute to a healthy indoor environment. In addition, its flat surface makes it quick and easy to clean, further contributing to occupants’ wellbeing.

The ComfortFloor® solution was installed across a 120m2 area incorporating a corridor and studio entrance. Initial work involved applying a layer of Sikafloor®-161 primer to the building’s concrete substrate. This was followed by a wear layer of Sikafloor®-330, before a top coat of Sikafloor®-305W. The smooth, durable yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing finish was installed using a trowel, squeegee and spiked roller. The new flooring will also be used to showcase a range of Sika resins and ComfortFloor® finishes.

The Contracts Manager, said: “The new studio is designed for use by people from a range of industries. Therefore, it was vital the floor’s make-up ensured it enabled the highest durability, whist showing the studio in the best possible light. The Sika ComfortFloor® system was absolutely ideal for the task.”

The studio’s floor was installed over a three-day period The three-part Sika ComfortFloor® system’s rapid installation and impressive finish has helped put the smart new TV studio on sound footing.


Edgar Janoher has left his Spanish homeland to join Sika UK as an Area Technical Manager

Responsible for special project sales of concrete repair and carbon fibre strengthening solutions, Edgar held the same role at Sika Spain before deciding to relocate with his wife and young daughter.

His Area Technical Manager duties will involve promoting Sika’s refurbishment product range in in the Greater London area focusing on helping engineers and specifiers find the best concrete repair and structural strengthening systems for key projects.

In making the transition, Edgar has swapped the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the more sedate streets of south London, which he now calls home.

He said: “Coming to England presents a huge opportunity for me and my family. It’s a huge challenge, but everything has gone well so far. We’re not missing the weather or the food just yet.”

Prior to joining Sika in 2015, Edgar worked as a quantity surveyor in his native country. He said his long-term plan is to remain in the UK.

“I want to demonstrate that I can make the move from Spain a success,” he said. “It’s also important for me to repay the faith Sika has shown in me. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully hit the ground running.”  

Sherwin-Williams wins HACCP vote of confidence for specialist flooring systems

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has been awarded an internationally-recognised food and beverage industry standard accreditation for a specialist range of flooring systems designed for manufacturing and processing plants across EMEA.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) body has certified the company’s FasTop range of decorative flooring systems which can be adapted for diverse industrial and commercial uses.

HACCP operates a rigorous product certification scheme for equipment, materials and services used by food industry operators to ensure food is protected against any risk of contamination.

“When choosing these flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams, our customers in the food and beverage industry can be reassured they meet the globally-recognised requirements of HACCP covering the quality of our processes and products,“ said Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

The HACCP certification mark recognises that any food industry operator can buy equipment, materials and services confident that any potential food safety risk has been identified and appropriately reduced by the supplier. Applications for FasTop systems includes meat plants, breweries, dairies, commercial kitchens, pharmaceutical and chemical plant processing and heavy-duty plant and traffic areas. High-performance flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams are used in diverse industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial, retail, commercial and aerospace offering non-taint, hard-wearing and decorative benefits; impact, slip, abrasion and thermal shock resistance; and chemical protection. For more information see the Sherwin-Williams website.

Machine operation made easy

The Preparation Group has introduced easy to read ‘How to Use’ cards onto its range of Shotblasters, Grinders, Planers, Scrapers, Dust Extractors and tools. The cards have clear, step by step pictorial instructions and include QR codes that when scanned with a mobile phone or tablet camera, take people directly to a video that shows switching the machine on, changing components and fitting accessories.

The company has spent the last few months producing a series of videos for its youtube channel that aim to simplify using its machines and highlight important Health and Safety features.

Says Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director, ‘Our Marketing and Technical personnel have been committed to leading the way in innovation and Health & Safety. The launch of our ‘How to’ initiative for The Preparation Group’s 110v equipment in the hire market has been a huge success and we have now rolled it out to all of our equipment including videos for our 3 phase machines. Our range is also SafeHire certified and we will continue to address key issues to ensure user confidence in a clean, safe operation and the health and safety of others where operations are being conducted.’

The full range of videos can be found on The Preparation Group’s youtube channel.

The Preparation Group is SafeHire certified.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Group Hire Manager has been re-elected as an HAE (Hire Association Europe) Supply Chain board member, demonstrating that she has clearly made a positive impact. In the same month, the company renewed its Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) status and for the third year running, proved its commitment to providing quality surface and floor preparation products and services as a HAE member by attaining its SafeHire Certification.

SafeHire is a continual Business Improvement program that sets and helps to maintain high standards of operation within the Hire industry. The SafeHire certificate lasts for three years but is reviewed annually, raising awareness with government and trading standards. It has mutual recognition from PQQ organisations as a pre-requisite to their accreditations and Build UK members.

Kate heads the Hire division and has been dedicated to continual improvement in quality and delivery of customer satisfaction, providing competitively priced surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, accessories and solutions –  as is at the core of this certification. Kate and her team provide a wealth of knowledge to benefit Hire customers and is passionate about giving the best possible service and advice.

Tracey Glew Managing Director says; ‘Kate has worked hard over the last few years championing the benefits of HAE membership and the associated standards, with her customers being her number one priority and we are extremely proud of Kate’s continued commitment. ‘

For advice or equipment demonstrations call the hire team on 01522 561 460 / email

Instarmac are named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women

Tamworth based Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been officially named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women (medium sized organisation category).

In order to qualify for this prestigious award, Instarmac Group plc had to meet a number of strict criteria, including having already been ranked as a Great Place to Work®, employing a minimum of 25% women in their work force, having a minimum of 25% of women employed in higher positions e.g. Manager, Senior manager etc., and to have demonstrated a confidence level of 80% from data gathered by direct feedback from the company’s female workforce.

Organisations selected for the Best Workplaces™ for Women go above and beyond for women in their workforce, making sure they are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities, and that work-life balance is promoted and supported. Some of the specifics Instarmac Group plc were commended for included paying employees equally regardless of their sex, childcare vouchers, flexible and part-time working hours, as well as offering a ‘bonus’ to those who return to work following their maternity leave.

Zoe Rees, Head of Sales at Instarmac Group plc, commented: “In any business, a workplace culture built on trust and inclusion that supports and empowers women throughout the various stages of their career is key to sustained company development, collaboration and innovation. At Instarmac we value diversity and feel it creates more, valued, engaged employees and therefore happier customers. Being named in the Best Workplaces™ for Women list is a fantastic achievement and clearly indicates the way in which our company values, empowers, and promotes the contribution of women across all aspects of our business.”

This is the third in a hat trick of impressive workplace awards that Instarmac have received to date this year.  Earlier in the year, the growing West Midland Company received a Great Place to Work® award for the third year running and was also presented with the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing Award – an award only given to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment.

Commenting on the latest award, Karen Williams, Head of Human Resources at Instarmac Group plc said “We are very proud to have received this recognition from Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women. We work hard here to ensure our recruitment and hiring is inclusive, as well as ensuring fairness around pay, recognition, training and development opportunities and work/life balance. This award helps us to strive to do better, as well as recognising the ways we have contributed to provide a supportive environment for women to progress within their careers and balance their work and family commitments”

John Holcroft, Managing Director of Instarmac Group plc said; “At Instarmac we have always been forward thinking and inclusive in our recruitment and employment approach. Historically, construction has been a predominantly male dominated industry, however, over the past 28 years our workforce has included many female employees, at all career levels, both office based and out in the field. There is more to be done within the industry to increase the recruitment and retention of a female workforce, but here at Instarmac we make every effort to continue to be a great place to work for all and are very honoured to have been officially recognized as such.”

About Instarmac Group Plc

Established over 40 years ago, Instarmac is a multi-award-winning market-leading West Midlands based company that specialises in the manufacture and distribution of cement and bitumen based construction products to the world markets. It aims to apply the foundations of a great workplace – fairness, respect, feeling valued and trusted – to everyone, regardless of who they are.

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About Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women

The organisations on the UK Best Workplaces ™ for women list have introduced policies and programmes that foster development and empower women to grow their careers. The latest research by Great Place to Work® UK shows that although 2019 has seen the highest recorded level of female employment at 71.8%, women are still experiencing unfair practices at work, including unconscious bias, unequal pay and under-representation in senior management positions. The Best Workplaces™ for Women understand the importance of prioritising gender neutrality to help build a trusted culture of collaboration and innovation where people feel valued and committed to achieving organisational goals. Their leaders are dedicated to creating a great experience for all employees and for their customers.

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It really is a family affair at Kemtile, as the leading hygienic flooring company strengthens its team with the appointment of not one but two Sleights.

Dave was the first of the Sleight family to be recruited as Contracts Manager earlier this year. And now son Mike has joined Kemtile as estimator surveyor.

Dave brings with him 33 years’ experience to the company, gained with some of the biggest brands from the UK’s food and drink, construction, pharmaceutical, commercial, retail and aerospace sectors.

And now Mike, a Keele University graduate with four years industrial and commercial flooring industry experience under his belt, is supporting and advising Kemtile customers throughout the quotation process for their flooring projects.

Dave says of the family additions to the team: “For over three decades, I have managed the end-to-end installation of a wide range of epoxy, polyurethane, MMA and tiled flooring systems across many different industries. It goes without saying that I’m now delighted to have now brought my knowledge and experience to Kemtile. I’m guessing some of this must have rubbed off on Mike over the years as he entered into the same sector when he left university.

“With a real focus on project planning and cost-management, I feel that I can add real value to Kemtile’s customers old and new – delivering top quality industrial flooring and drainage solutions to meet the most exact requirement and highest expectations for long term results.

“I’m very much looking forward to furthering my career here at Kemtile, whist playing a key role in the continued success and growth of the business.”

Kemtile Director Stephen Westley said of the double appointment: “We were delighted to have attracted someone of David’s calibre to the company and straight away our customers were reaping the benefits of his vast experience and expertise. When we found out that his son Mike had embarked upon a similar career path and had so many valuable skills to offer the company too, we were keen to recruit him.

“We’re celebrating our 40-year anniversary this year and it’s an exciting time in terms of our own growth and development so it’s great to have this father and son team on board. Welcome to the company, David and Mike.”


Sika ComfortFloor® has been judged one of the best surface solutions in the country.

The resin-based system was one of 50 shortlisted finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor (TCF) Awards, which honour the best products and services in the construction industry. The winner was decided by an online poll, with Sika ComfortFloor® gaining an extremely creditable third place.

Pete Hollingworth Business Unit Manager for Sika Flooring in the UK said: “This result is a superb endorsement of ComfortFloor®’s proven properties as a safe, durable flooring solution for a range of hygiene-critical applications including schools, hospitals and kitchens through to education facilities or office and retail spaces looking for something which can be tailored to bespoke design schemes.”

Shortlisted products in the TCF Awards, now in their eighth year, were selected for their innovation, ease of installation, safety, style, and sustainable qualities.

Pete added: “Sika ComfortFloor® is a triumph of technical innovation. It’s proof of the company’s drive to develop flooring systems which simplify the installation process without compromising quality. Congratulations to all those involved in the creation and promotion of this exemplary system.”


Altro is celebrating 100 years in business. Founded in 1919 by a small group of individuals with a big idea, the company now has more than 900 employees globally, with a heritage of innovation including inventing safety flooring, developing a hygienic walls system and creating the world’s first adhesive-free safety floor.

Richard Kahn is Altro’s CEO, and the third generation to lead this Hertfordshire-based family company that has offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. “One successful innovation could be luck; repeated success needs a little help,” he explains. “We’ve always known that speaking with, listening to and partnering with customers, end users, contractors, engineers and designers is the key to getting what we do right. It’s allowed us to be bold and to explore design and functional possibilities, without losing sight of who we’re doing it for.”

Altro’s first safety floor was installed in 1950 in a church hall in Nottingham. Remarkably, that same flooring is still in place and when last tested still rates PTV≥40, meaning it has kept users safe for nearly 70 years. Altro has continued to turn creative thinking into practical real-world solutions that can transform everyday spaces into environments that improve the wellbeing of everyone that uses them. Innovations include developing sparkle-free safety flooring which has transformed design for dementia, and Altro XpressLay: the world’s first adhesive-free and fully recyclable safety flooring.

Altro shares its centenary with the Bauhaus design school, which was also founded in 1919 and is based in Dessau just a few hundred metres from Altro’s German site. In developing the new Altro Ensemble modular flooring collection, the design team took inspiration from the Bauhaus philosophy of bridging the gap between form and function to engineer products that meet the customers’ biggest challenges, such as the need for cleanability, sustainability and flexibility.

“While the world in 1919 couldn’t seem more different from today’s, our excitement at embracing and developing new technologies and ways of working is exactly the same as back then,” says Richard Kahn. “Add to this that we remain a family business, with family values and I think you have the reason why we’re here today, celebrating our centenary.”

To learn more about Altro’s milestones over the last 100 years please follow this link to view a short video.


Sika ComfortFloor® has been shortlisted for a prized industry award.

The resin-based solution is a finalist in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor (TCF) Awards.

Now in their eighth year, the TCF Awards honour construction-based products and services that help guarantee a perfect floor finish on every installation. Shortlisted products and services are selected for their innovation, ease of installation, safety, style, and sustainable qualities.

Sarah James Marketing Manager from Sika said: “Sika ComfortFloor’s selection as a finalist for this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor Awards is recognition of the range’s superb contribution to the commercial flooring industry. It’s received many fine testimonials from contractors and clients alike, so to have this additional acclaim is particularly pleasing.”

BBA Approval for Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates DALTEX Resin Bound Surfacing System

The DALTEX UVR Resin Bound System has been awarded certification by the BBA (the British Board of Agrément) – the highest industry standard available for the resin bound industry.

BBA certification is widely recognised throughout the construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance. It’s a mark of quality, safety and reliability and indicates the product’s fitness-for-purpose, providing peace of mind to building control, government departments, local authorities, architects, specifiers, industry insurers and resin bound contractors and landscapers.

The DALTEX UVR System is a resin bound surfacing system with enhanced UVR resistance for use in domestic driveways, patios, paths, pedestrian areas and lightly trafficked car parks.  The BBA accreditation confirms that the DALTEX UVR System is manufactured and supplied to meet the exacting standards required for strength and stability, durability, permeability and skid resistance.

Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates is the manufacturer of DALTEX dried aggregates and is very proud to have achieved the BBA accreditation for the DALTEX UVR System which adopts the industry minimum standard depth of 18mm.

Sam Buckley, Managing Director at Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates said: ‘The BBA accreditation for DALTEX dried aggregates and DALTEX UVR resin eptiomises our commitment to promoting the very highest standards of resin bound installation. We have over 30 years experience and as the manufacturer of DALTEX dried aggregates – the no 1 brand in resin bound –  we feel it is our responsibility to help our customers in every way possible.  We are delighted that our BBA accreditation can give them the peace of mind that they are using the highest quality materials available. Of course, this is also something that they can pass onto their customers too.

Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates offer over 30 DALTEX single dried aggregate colours and have also recently launched DALTEX Bespoke – a range of 40 resin bound blends which can be used for driveways, patios and paths in both commercial and residential projects.

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BBA Approval for The Resin Mills Resin Bound Surfacing

The Resin Mill have been awarded The British Board of Agreement, (BBA), technical approval certificate for their resin bound products.

The BBA is the UK’s leading certification body for the construction industry and achieving the certificate epitomises product excellence. The BBA is the ultimate mark of quality and assurance with systems having to pass a series of comprehensive and rigorous tests which are in line with building specification guidelines.

For resin bound systems, it confirms the strength, stability, durability, skid resistance and permeability of the systems, confirming they have been assessed to the highest standards. This means that architects, specifiers and local authorities looking for impartial product approval can be assured of the reliability of resin bound systems from The Resin Mill. Their certification is one of the most comprehensive in the resin bound industry, covering their full range of resin bound colours, on both types of polyurethane resin, UV and Non-UV. It also certifies resin bound surfacing that has been installed with or without sand.

It is a huge achievement for The Resin Mill to receive BBA approval. Jason Wainwright, Managing Director at The Resin Mill said about The BBA: ‘It all fits in with our company ethos of quality and peace of mind. It’s about improving and growing the market in a professional manner. Being a supplier of BBA approved products will give our clients the upper hand in a competitive market place.’

The Resin Mill produce and supply quality polyurethane resin for resin driveways, paths and patios. Their resin bound materials have been supplied to some of the most prestigious resin bound installs across the UK. For more information please visit

All you need to do is Renovate IT!

UltraFloor, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, are delighted to announce the launch of Level IT Renovate – a flexible and versatile smoothing underlayment ideal for refurbishment projects.

Developed for the renovation of existing floors, UltraFloor’s latest smoothing underlayment is fibre reinforced for added strength and to minimise the risk of hairline cracks – reducing a common cause of costly failures.

Suitable for deep applications from 3-40mm, Level IT Renovate is multi-purpose for extensive use and boasts excellent flow properties, making this flexible and versatile floor leveller ideal for a wide range of flooring substrates.

Level IT Renovate is a single part smoothing underlayment, offering a unique alternative within the UltraFloor range, and is suitable for use over most strong and stable subfloors, which makes this semi-rapid fibre reinforced floor leveller perfect for both commercial and domestic applications.

In addition, Level IT Renovate is protein free, reducing the risk and spread of bacteria, and is low odour providing a pleasant environment for contractors, homeowners and any staff working within the project area.

What’s more, Level IT Renovate has a working time of 20-30 minutes, can be walked on in as little as 2 – 2.5 hours and can receive floor coverings in just 4 hours, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly.

Sold in contractor friendly 20kg bags, Level IT Renovate is compatible with underfloor heating systems and is delivered on UltraFloor’s privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet, 48 bags to a pallet.

For further product information, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact the UltraFloor team by emailing or calling 01827 254402.

Two New Appointments at Reprotec

North East based Reprotec UK, specialists in resin flooring systems and bespoke surface protection technology, has announced two appointments.

Mr Elliott Lindsay, who joined the company at the age of 16 years, has been appointed to the senior position of Head of Operations.  In the time Elliott has been with Reprotec he has progressed from NVQ Level 2 in Specialist Floor Laying to NVQ Level 6 Leadership and Management.

Also joining Reprotec is Trevor English in the role of Business Development Manager. Trevor has 17 years’ experience in sales and marketing.

Managing Director, John Holmes, said: “We are delighted by both appointments.  We welcome Trevor to Reprotec and congratulate Elliott on his promotion; I look forward to working more closely with both.”

Reconomy Success at London Construction Awards

Reconomy were honoured at the 2018 London Construction Awards.

Having been shortlisted for the category of Supplier of the Year, Reconomy were selected ahead of 15 other shortlisted companies to claim the award.

Having supported numerous high-profile London projects in recent years, including the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the redevelopment of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Reconomy were praised by the judges for pioneering new technologies that maximise data capture and process-automation, bringing an innovative approve to the waste industry, which has a long-established reputation for being traditionalist.


County Durham-based Reprotec Group, an award-winning surface repair and protection specialist is celebrating 30 years in business.


Founded in 1988 by managing director John Holmes, Reprotec was originally set up as a sales agent selling high-tech surface engineering, covering Scotland and Ireland. Based in an office at Gateshead Business Centre, this work led the firm to introduce resins for engineering and maintenance repair compounds and Reprotec as it’s known today was born.

Reprotec Group consists of Reprotec UK that specialises in providing innovative, environmentally-friendly repair and protection solutions, using resin-based products to protect the fabric of buildings, and Repair and Maintenance Suppliers, an online division that sells repair and maintenance products to both the public and trade.

The firm works nationwide across all industry sectors including automotive, food production, chemical, engineering, pharmaceutical, education and aerospace; offering a one-stop-shop for all types of surface repair and protection solutions.

Reprotec’s reputation for quality systems stems from all operatives being fully qualified from NVQ Level 2 in specialist Floor Laying and beyond, and this is the basis for further training and progression within the company. Reprotec is proud of the fact that five of their employees, who were among the first ever national cohort of 19 apprentices studying NVQ Level 2 in specialist Floor Laying in 2005, are still with the company today.

Reprotec also has a firm commitment to the environment and sustainability, this has seen the company introduce a ‘Changing SPACES Green-Theme’ approach to their contracting services; and as a fully-licenced waste carrier, it operates a policy of no dust, no fumes, 100% recycling and 100% landfill avoidance.

John Holmes, managing director of Reprotec Group, said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating our 30th year in business, it has been an unforgettable journey filled with triumphs, challenges, and growth.

“I would like to think that our continued success can be attributed to our core values which have never changed in 30 years: quality, honesty, integrity, respect, care and hard work – which are echoed in our service commitment to our customers and our commitment to our employees.

“We started off back in 1988 and it is a testament to all of our staff, past and present, and their hard work that we have grown to become a leading surface repair and protection specialist. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Congratulations to North East based Reprotec – 30 Years in Business!

Congratulations to North East based company, Reprotec, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

John Holmes, MD of Reprotec, said: “We at Reprotec are delighted to be celebrating our 30th birthday. We are an SME working across all industry sectors, and the success of our company is a testament to all our staff both past and present, who share our values and commitment.”

To find out more, we asked John Holmes to answer 10 questions about the success of the business.   

1. What does Reprotec do and when was Reprotec started?

Reprotec Group consists of our Reprotec UK specialist contracting services, an award-winning market leader in surface protection technology, specialising in resin flooring systems including visual floor management signage and H&S demarcations.  Reprotec UK provides bespoke surface solutions for the repair and protection of the fabric of buildings and structures, both concrete and steel, and this includes floors; walls; roofs; tanks; bunds and other industrial vessels.  Reprotec Group also includes our other company, Repair and Maintenance Suppliers, whereby we sell our products to trade and public backed by 30 years of technical support.

The business started in October 1988, and back then we were based at the Gateshead Business Centre TVTE.

 2. Why did you start the company?

I always had aspirations to be my own boss and working for myself rather than being told what to do.

 3. Where did the company name come from?

Reprotec is a combination of Rep/air and Pro/tection Tec/hnologies which seemed to sum up what we are all about.  We repair and protect the fabric of buildings and structures using resin technologies.

 4. Who was your very first customer?

Originally, Reprotec was set up as a sales agent selling high-tech surface engineering in conjunction with my former employer, Multi Arc UK Ltd, covering both Scotland and Ireland, so our first customers were not like our present customers.  However, it was this work that led us to introduce resins for engineering and maintenance repair compounds, as we saw a need in the market.

We operate nationwide across all sectors, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for floor and surface protection solutions.

5. How has the company developed over the years?

Reprotec has always been at the forefront of development, having introduced specialist apprenticeships and other NVQ training up to NVQ Level 6 and degree level management; we have long held accreditations such as CHAS, Constructionline and Investors in People.  The industry was very much in its infancy 30 years ago, and since then it has evolved into a profession, with its own trade association, Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA), of which Reprotec is a long-standing member.

 6. How has the company grown?

I’m delighted to say that Reprotec has expanded into becoming Reprotec Group that includes our Reprotec contracting services and our material sales company, Repair and Maintenance Suppliers Ltd that sells our products to trade and public.

 7. What are your company values?

Reprotec’s values have never changed in 30 years and are very much based upon my personal values of quality, honesty, integrity, respect, care, hard work and giving people an opportunity to develop personally and in their career within the industry; all our staff are fully employed and trained to a high standard.

Reprotec is committed to its environmental and sustainability ethos, having introduced our ‘Green-Theme’ approach to our contracting services; and as a fully-licenced waste carrier, Reprotec operates a policy of no dust, no fumes, 100% recycling and 100% landfill avoidance.

8. What’s your proudest achievement?

Seeing Reprotec Team develop personally and professionally.  This is highlighted by five of our operatives completing the first ever of our industrial sector NVQ level 2 in specialist Floor Laying back in 2005.  They were part of an initial cohort of nineteen, and those guys are still employed by Reprotec today; and this was their basis for progressing further within the business.

9. What does the future hold?

The foundation and ethos of Reprotec Group is very strong and the opportunities for growth are exceptional.  The challenge to our Reprotec Team is getting there.

 10. What advice would you give to new start-up companies?

Be strong with your beliefs and values, and your systems of work.  Look after your people; aim to give them the tools to achieve their very best.



VI Industrial Supplies Add Trimaco Dust Containment Products To Their Range

Want to create a simple, effective dust barrier system? Protect surfaces? Enclose work areas?

Trimaco E-Z up dust containment poles and Peel + Stick Zippers used to protect surfaces and enclose work areas when used in conjunction with our temporary protective sheeting whether it be medium duty clear polythene sheeting or heavy duty visqueen sheeting enabling quick, easy and convenient dust control.

Creating a dust barrier couldn’t be simpler with the heavy duty aluminium dust containment poles, available from VI Distribution in 2 heights, 12ft and 20ft. These E-Z up poles are simple and easy to use, clip onto your chosen protective sheeting and adjust the pole to the ceiling height and the unique foot pedal will ensure a snug fit.

Once your temporary barrier is created, use the re-sealable Trimaco Peel & Stick Zipper to create an instant door through the protective sheeting, the zipper is double sided for ease of operation from both sides, alternatively use two zippers to create an instant roll up door, peel off the backing paper and attach zipper to the desired area on your sheeting and cut through with a utility knife.

Using the two products together gives you a quick, easy and convenient dust barrier and creates temporary floor and surface protection, ideal for construction & building sites, laying resin floors, painting and decorating and many more areas.

Place your order for Trimaco products and protective sheeting online today  or call the office on 01270 750520 to find out more information.

Resin Bound Training Direct From Geveko Markings

At Geveko Markings we know resin and we are devoted to creating the most efficient solutions that are right for our customers. As a UK manufacturer of resin bound and bonded paving systems there are few suppliers that can offer their customers the same level of support and expertise as us. Using our extensive knowledge and experience, in resin paving systems, Geveko Markings, have developed a training course to give contractors the confidence to produce beautiful installations, opening the door to new business opportunities in the resin paving market. Whether you’re new to resin paving or an experienced contractor our training course gives you in-depth knowledge of resin paving systems as well as hands on experience applying both the bound and bonded systems.

Our one day training course consists of a presentation that gives you a clear understanding of resin binders and their use within bound and bonded paving systems. We will discuss the importance of the sub-base and how best to prepare the area prior to installation, so that you can achieve a strong and durable resin surface, and we can make you aware of some of the issues that you may face when approaching an installation and how best to deal with them. Resin paving is a very versatile material and we give you some creative inspiration on how both systems can be used to create shapes, patterns and even text, so that you have something different to offer your customers. After lunch everyone will have the opportunity to have practical training with both our systems, get a feel for our material and see how easy it is to apply. At every stage our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to answer your questions and give you guidance.

We strongly believe in giving our contractor customers all the information and support that they need to start or progress in their resin paving business. We are always available to answer your questions and we are happy to attend and support you at your first application. Geveko Markings is a member of the FeRFA Resin Bound Technical Committee which is developing a UK Training Standard for Resin Bound systems.

If you are interested to learn more about resin bound and bonded systems and how they can work for you, please contact us on 01963 364640.

Dural To Host Open Day

Dural are holding an open day on Thursday 15th November at their UK Headquarters. The event will take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm and everyone in the trade is welcome. There will be:

  • Several demonstrations on industry related products
  • Warehouse tour
  • Technical expertise on hand all day
  • Food and drink provided
  • Meet the Dural team

The event is free to enter but Dural are advising that you register your interest by emailing or calling 01924 360110

Denholm Industrial Services Ltd Awarded RoSPA Gold Medal for 8th Consecutive Year

Denholm Industrial Services are pleased to announce that they have been successful in achieving the 2018 RoSPA Gold Medal award for the 8th consecutive year, for health and safety performance during the period of January 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

This award pays testament to the hard work that Denholm have undertaken throughout last year on achieving a positive safety performance and will hopefully act as a further catalyst for them to drive towards achieving the same accolade in the years ahead.

As Denholm Industrial Services Ltd strives to become the leader in the field of surface preparation the RoSPA awards are seen as key to demonstrating the professionalism of the company and how seriously they take their health and safety responsibilities. Denholm commit to these high standards every working day and this Gold Medal Award for the eighth year running sits proudly alongside their ISO accreditations 9001, 14001 and 18001.

The management would like to thank all staff both office based and site operatives for the continued support in adopting and following Denholm’s health and safety policies and procedures as they continue with their exemplary record. The company wishes to extend gratitude to all  respective teams and clients for assisting them in achieving the Gold Medal Status once again.

With over 30 years experience in the construction industry specialising in floor surface preparation, here at Denholm we are the foremost experts in surface preparation with their clients making the best use of their consultative approach to floor surface preparation.

FeRFA Awards 2017 Showcase The Best In The Industry

The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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